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What's the Hold Up on Marriage Equality in Illinois?

Nico Lang | Posted 05.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Nico Lang

Five years from now, Illinois' campaign for marriage equality is going to make for a great docudrama on HBO -- or a soap opera.

GOP State Rep: Gay Marriage Is 'Completely Disordered'

Posted 03.14.2013 | Chicago

Updated story Illinois state Rep. Jeanne Ives, a Republican who represents the deeply conservative Chicago suburb of Wheaton, commented in a recent...

Illinois Marriage Equality Bill Reportedly Short On Supporters

Posted 03.13.2013 | Chicago

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy Windy City Times: Multiple reports suggesting that the Illinois same-sex marriage bill is short 12 votes are calling ...

Pols Feeling The Heat As Gay Marriage Vote Looms

Posted 03.12.2013 | Chicago

With a looming House vote as the last remaining obstacle to legalizing gay marriage in Illinois, activists on both sides of the issue are ratcheting u...

State GOP Meeting To Oust Pro-Gay Marriage Chairman Canceled

AP | SARA BURNETT | Posted 05.09.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — The Illinois Republican Party's central committee backed off an attempt to fire party chairman Pat Brady on Saturday, amid concern tha...

Conservative Churches Vow To Ban Gay Marriage-Supporting Politicians In Illinois

Posted 06.03.2013 | Gay Voices

Same-sex couples may soon be able to legally tie the knot in Illinois, but several conservative Christian churches aren't having it. As WBEZ is re...

State GOP Members In Support Of Gay Marriage Facing Threats From Party

AP | SARA BURNETT | Posted 05.08.2013 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Two Illinois Republicans are finding out that for all the talk nationally of the GOP becoming more inclusive and appealing t...

Rahm: 'Clock Is Ticking' On Illinois Marriage Equality BIll

Posted 03.04.2013 | Chicago

Chicago Mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel on Monday urged the Illinois state legislature to take one final step toward approvin...

Illinois Marriage Equality Bill Advances To Full House Vote

Posted 03.04.2013 | Chicago

Updated story The Illinois House Executive Committee on Tuesday evening OKed and advanced a bill that would bring legal same-sex marriage to the la...

Committee Vote On Illinois Marriage Equality Bill Ahead Tuesday

Posted 02.26.2013 | Chicago

Legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois could overcome one of two remaining obstacles in a committee vote Tuesday. The Illino...

Next Test For Illinois Marriage Equality Bill Slated For Next Week

Posted 02.22.2013 | Chicago

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy Windy City Times: Illinois's same-sex marriage bill is headed for committee Feb. 26 after it passed out of the Senate...

Poll: Majority Of Illinoisans Support Marriage Equality

Posted 02.19.2013 | Chicago

A new poll released Tuesday suggests that a majority of Illinoisans are hoping that their state legislature will move to legalize same-sex marriage th...

GOP State Senator: Marriage Equality Is 'Discrimination,' Will Shutter Flower Shops

Posted 02.15.2013 | Chicago

The Illinois Senate's historic Thursday passage of a bill that would bring marriage equality to the land of Lincoln made for a special reason to celeb...

Rahm Celebrates Illinois Senate Marriage Vote With Valentine Rhyme

Posted 02.15.2013 | Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday offered a tongue-in-cheek Valentine rhyme in celebration of the Illinois Senate's historic vote approving same-...

Illinois Takes Another Step Toward Marriage Equality In Senate Vote

Posted 02.15.2013 | Chicago

In a historic Valentine's Day vote, the Illinois Senate passed a bill clearing the way for same-sex couples to be legally married in the Land of Linco...

Illinois Senate Poised To Approve Historic Gay Marriage Bill

The Huffington Post | Joe Erbentraut | Posted 02.14.2013 | Chicago

Updated story The Illinois Senate on Thursday is expected to advance a bill legalizing same-sex marriage to a vote in the state House of Representa...

Marriage Equality Bill Advances, Again, In Illinois

Posted 02.05.2013 | Chicago

Marriage equality legislation in Illinois was approved Tuesday by a state Senate committee, advancing the measure toward a vote of the full Senate tha...

Leading Gay Activist: 'Iron Is Hot' For Marriage Equality In Illinois

The Huffington Post | Joe Erbentraut | Posted 02.04.2013 | Chicago

With a vote on same-sex marriage legislation anticipated for Valentine's Day in the Illinois State Senate, marriage equality advocate Rick Garcia has ...

Senate President Wants Gay Marriage In Illinois By Valentine's Day

Posted 02.01.2013 | Chicago

Valentine's Day might just be particularly poignant this year for same-sex couples in Illinois. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Illinois Senate...

The Promise Of Equality And Religious Freedom: Marriage Equality In Illinois And Rhode Island

Anthony Michael Kreis | Posted 03.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Anthony Michael Kreis

While the debate over marriage equality is largely philosophical, rooted in deeply held personal beliefs, there is a substantive policy discussion that is often overlooked and worth exploring: religious liberty protections in marriage equality legislation.

Are Civil Unions 'Good Enough' for Same-Sex Couples?

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 03.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Geoffrey R. Stone

The denial of the "title" of marriage serves only one purpose -- to denigrate and diminish the dignity of the same-sex or interracial or interfaith or Catholic or African-American unions. It is a mean-spirited and cruel insult to the loving commitments made by such couples.

Politics and the Pulpit: Cardinal George and the Lame Duck Session

Cristina Traina | Posted 03.18.2013 | Chicago
Cristina Traina

Cardinal George clearly fears that same-sex marriage will erode the very civic, democratic customs that support a just society. But when they make use of their bully pulpits, religious leaders must choose carefully.

Illinois Gay Marriage Supporters Reintroducing Bill Wednesday

Posted 01.09.2013 | Chicago

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy Windy City Times: Wasting no time in the fight for equal marriage in Illinois, sponsoring lawmakers will re-introduce...

WATCH: Jesse Tyler Ferguson's Amazing Gay Marriage Speech In Illinois

Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

Jesse Tyler Ferguson might be busy planning his own forthcoming nuptials, but that didn't stop the "Modern Family" star from hitting the pavement to p...

Push For Marriage Equality Falls Short -- For Now -- In Illinois

AP | JOHN O'CONNOR and SARA BURNETT | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- With a vote to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois looking less likely to happen in the next few days, supporters of marriage ...