01/09/2013 10:21 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Morning Links: Weddings At The National Cathedral, Developments In Illinois, And A Gay Poet At Inauguration

-- In a big win for promoters of marriage equality, the AP is reporting that the Washington National Cathedral will soon begin performing same-sex marriage -- one of the first Episcopal congregations to do so. Any Gay Voices readers affiliated with the National Cathedral who plan to tie the knot there?

-- Lawmakers in Illinois plan to reintroduce legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state.

-- Obama has chosen a gay poet, Richard Blanco, to read an original poem for the president's inauguration on the steps of the Capitol on January 21st. The New York Times has a short profile of the poet.

--The National Stonewall Democrats, a gay rights organization affiliated with the Democratic party, is closing its doors due to a $30,000 deficit. They plan to reopen in 2014.