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Illinois Same Sex Marriage

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...

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...

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...

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'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...

Population With Marriage Equality About to Be Double What It Was at the Start of 2013 (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2013-11-18-Afermarriagepopulationstill.pngThe governor of Illinois will sign a marriage bill on Wednesday, and marriage equality will start in Hawaii on Dec. 2. That brings the number of people in marriage equality states to about 114 million. We started the year with 57 million.

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...

Life After Marriage

Graham Aden | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Graham Aden

Government sanction doesn't make our lives normal, and normalcy doesn't make our lives real. We don't need marriage to love each other. We never did. I didn't need anyone's permission for my life to matter. I just needed my own.

Illinois Marriage Equality Could Start Much Sooner Than We Thought (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2013-11-11-aferillmarriagenov11small.pngCurrently, marriage equality is scheduled to start in Illinois in June 2014. But State Sen. Don Harmon has filed an amendment to a bill that could push up the date to as early as February.

Weeklings!: Let's Harass the Remaining 35 States Into Gay Marriage (VIDEO)

Louis Virtel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Louis Virtel

2013-11-09-weeklingsgaymarriagestatessmall.pngFrom Virginia to Hawaii, Oregon to Michigan, we're snarling at them all. Come on, states. Let's finish this up.

Gov. Quinn Sets Date To Sign Illinois Gay Marriage Bill

Posted 11.08.2013 | Chicago

Story courtesy Windy City Times: Gov. Pat Quinn announced Nov. 7 that he would sign SB10, the legislation that would bring same-sex marriage equali...

This Illinois Pol Left Her Dying Son's Side To Vote For Marriage Equality

Posted 11.07.2013 | Chicago

An Illinois state representative made a decision any parent would dread in order to press the "yes" button on legislation she had co-sponsored to lega...

Illinois Speaker Of The House Echoes Pope Francis' Words When Passing Gay Marriage

Posted 11.07.2013 | Religion

Illinois lawmakers voted to approve a same-sex marriage bill on Tuesday in a historic vote that concludes over a year of intense lobbying from both si...

Plans Already In The Works For Gay Marriages In Illinois

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 11.07.2013 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Just a few hours after state lawmakers approved same-sex marriage in Illinois, Chicago wedding planner...

Elation in Illinois as Marriage Equality Finally Passes

Waymon Hudson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Waymon Hudson

I think it's hard for people who have never been denied basic dignity and respect, or had to listen as others debated their lives and relationships as a "divisive political issue," to grasp the emotions that wash over you after a lifetime of being told you are wrong and less-than.

Cartoonist Explains Evolution of His Gay Marriage Stance

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.06.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The fast rise of support for the marriage bill that passed on Tuesday represents an amazingly rapid evolution for an issue that even five years ago was incomprehensible to much of the general public -- not to mention extremely sensitive politically.

WATCH: Partner Of Openly Gay Illinois Rep. Gets HUGE Surprise After House Passes Gay Marriage

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.06.2013 | Gay Voices

Following the passage of same-sex marriage by the Illinois House and Senate last night, one openly gay politician took the opportunity to celebrate mo...

LOOK: These People Are Really Happy Gay Marriage Is Coming To Illinois

Posted 11.06.2013 | Chicago

On the heels of the Illinois General Assembly's move to put the state on the track to be the 15th U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage Tuesday, ma...

Obama 'So Proud' Of Illinois Lawmakers After Gay Marriage Vote

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama praised Illinois legislators for voting to legalize same-sex marriage in the state, saying he and first lady Michelle Obama are...

Illinois To Be 15th State To Legalize Gay Marriage

Posted 11.05.2013 | Chicago

Updated story SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois General Assembly passed a bill legalizing same sex marriage Tuesday, putting the Land of Lincoln on cour...

Two More States May Win Marriage This Week (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2013-11-04-ScreenShot20131104at12.19.18PM.jpgThis is a big week for marriage in Illinois and Hawaii, where legislatures may finally have an opportunity to vote on marriage bills. Or they may not.

Consultants Big Winners in Clergy Coalition Same Sex Marriage Fight

David Ormsby | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Spreading the word of God apparently requires lots of dough for PR consultants. Bishop Larry Trotter's PAC - African American Clergy Coalition - the ...

Gay Marriage Foes Gather At Illinois Capitol Day After Supporters

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

By Lisa Maria Garza Oct 23 (Reuters) - Chants of "One man! One woman!" filled the Illinois Capitol building on Wednesday as opponents ...