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Illinois Gay Marriage

Republican Candidate Still Refuses To Admit His Stance On Gay Marriage

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 06.02.2014 | Gay Voices

One day after a new Illinois law allowing same-sex marriage went into effect, LGBT advocates lashed out against Republican gubernatorial candidate Bru...

Our Destination Full of Hope: Marriage Equality in Illinois

Gov. Pat Quinn | Posted 06.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Gov. Pat Quinn

The much-loved poet Dr. Maya Angelou once wrote, "Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope." It is that unrelenting power of love that unfolded during our fight for marriage equality in Illinois.

Joseph Erbentraut

After 50 Years Together, Pioneering Gay Couple Ready For Wedding Bells

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 06.01.2014 | Gay Voices

Come Monday, everything changes for Chicago same-sex couple Jim Darby and Patrick Bova -- in one respect. Darby and Bova, the lead plaintiffs in La...

State Gears Up For Gay Marriage Rollout

AP | JIM SUHR | Posted 05.31.2014 | Gay Voices

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Sabra (SAY'-bruh) Blumhorst and Chelsea Baker exchanged wedding vows near their southern Illinois home last November, when I...

Republicans Who Backed Gay Marriage Targeted By Attack Ads

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

The three Republican state representatives who strayed from the party line to vote in favor of same-sex marriage last year are now fighting for their ...

Marriage Equality Could Be Coming To Illinois A Few Months Ahead Of Schedule

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

It appears marriage equality is coming to Illinois same-sex couples a few months ahead of schedule. Late Tuesday, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Ma...

School's Gay Wedding Ban Is So Sweeping, Even Some Straight Couples Can't Get Married

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 02.28.2014 | Gay Voices

Rather than allow newly-legal same-sex marriages on its campus, Loyola University Chicago has formalized a policy so restrictive it excludes any gay c...

Another Illinois County Begins Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Reuters | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Same-sex couples in the central Illinois county that includes the state's largest unive...

Republican Gives Up Push To Repeal Illinois Gay Marriage Law

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 02.24.2014 | Gay Voices

A Republican lawmaker who had hoped to strike Illinois' marriage equality law from the books is abandoning his quest after a federal judge ruled same-...

In One Illinois County, Gay Couples Don't Have To Wait To Get Married

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics

Same-sex couples in Cook County, Illinois -- which includes Chicago -- don't have to wait to get married, thanks to a Friday ruling by a federal judge...

Republican Hopes To Repeal State's Marriage Equality Law

Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago

A Republican state senator is hoping to repeal Illinois' marriage equality law. BuzzFeed reported Tuesday that Illinois Sen. Kyle McCarter has intr...

B&B Owner: 'There Will NEVER Be A Gay Marriage At This Wedding Venue'

Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices

The owner of an Illinois-based bed and breakfast has sparked the ire of the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community after he ple...

Producer Christin Mell Brings Gay TV Series Nikki & Nora Online (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with Christin Mell, film producer and CEO of tello Films, which focuses on stories for the lesbian community. Christin is proud to be one of the executive producers and the distributor of Nikki & Nora, the first unaired network pilot to be reimagined as a digital Web series.

Judge: Illinois Same-Sex Couples Can Marry Early For Medical Reasons

Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago

Story by Matt Simonette, courtesy Windy City Times: A federal judge signed an order Dec. 16 that said same-sex couples wherein a partner faces a se...

Same-Sex Couple Becomes Illinois' First To Legally Wed

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 11.27.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Two Chicago women on Wednesday became the first same-sex couple to say their vows in Illinois after a federal judge granted an expedi...

How Illinois' Gay Marriage Law Will Affect Prisons

Posted 11.26.2013 | Chicago

With Illinois now the 16th state to legalize same-sex marriage, prisons in the Prairie State are studying up on what the law means for gay inmates who...

Federal Court Ruling Allows Gay Couple To Get Marriage License Early

AP | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal court ruling means a same-sex Chicago couple will be allowed to marry before the state's gay marriage law takes effect. U....

Marriage Equality Is Coming to Illinois, but When? (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2013-11-26-afervidillinois112513.pngThere's good news and bad news for wedding planners in Illinois. The good news: LGBT couples will be getting married in 2014. The bad news: We don't exactly know when.

Illinois Bishop Holds Gay Marriage Exorcism Despite Protests

Posted 11.21.2013 | Chicago

At the same time Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn was signing the state's same-sex marriage bill into law in Chicago on Wednesday, a very different type of cer...

Illinois Becomes The 16th State To Legalize Gay Marriage

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 11.21.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Wednesday allowing same-sex weddings starting this summer, making President Barack Obama's...

Gov. Quinn Signs Illinois Gay Marriage Bill Into Law

Posted 11.20.2013 | Chicago

Illinois has become the 16th U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage. A bill signing ceremony began at 3:30 p.m. CT at the University of Illinois ...

Illinois's Gay Marriage Law To Blame For Deadly Tornadoes Claims Religious Group

Posted 11.20.2013 | Gay Voices

While the full extent of damage caused after severe tornadoes ripped through Illinois last weekend has yet to be assessed, one right-wing religious gr...

Illinois Becoming 16th State To Legalize Gay Marriage Wednesday

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign same-sex marriage into law on Wednesday...

Cardinal George Blasts Gay Marriage In New Letter

Posted 11.18.2013 | Chicago

Story by Matt Simonette, courtesy Windy City Times: In a letter that he asked to be included in all church bulletins throughout the Chicago Archdio...

Bishop Plans 'Exorcism' Of State's 'Evil' Gay Marriage Law

Posted 11.14.2013 | Chicago

With Illinois' new marriage equality bill set to be signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn next Wednesday, one Illinois bishop is planning to mark the occa...