Posts tagged "Marriage Equality"

Gay Pride 2013: Focused on Marriage Equality

This happened!
Chicago’s 44th Annual Pride Parade is now in the history books. According to the Chicago Police Department, over 1 million supporters lined the streets to watch one of the biggest celebrations of the year in Chicago. The parade, occurring less than a week after the United States Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage... Read more »

Gay Marriage in Illinois fails again to be brought to House Vote

Gay Marriage in Illinois fails again to be brought to House Vote
With the final day of the Legislative Session upon us, all eyes were on whether or not the House would approve the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. The Act, which would allow gay marriages to occur in the State of Illinois, had already passed the Senate earlier this year. After the historic Senate vote,... Read more »

Prop 8 and DOMA spark Red Facebook love

Prop 8 and DOMA spark Red Facebook love
The United States Supreme Court has wrapped up oral arguments in the case challenging California’s Proposition 8. Now we play the waiting game as we await their decision, as well as the hearing and ruling on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act that should be heard tomorrow. As we wait to hear their ruling in... Read more »
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Will new General Assembly advance Marriage Equality in Illinois?

Will new General Assembly advance Marriage Equality in Illinois?
After the disappointment of last week’s failed attempt of getting Gay Marriage legalized in the State of Illinois, legislatures are vowing to try again today. Senator Heather Steans and Representative Greg Harris have both stated that they will introduce the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act into their respective chambers immediately following the swearing in the... Read more »

Is Illinois about to legalize gay marriage?

Is Illinois about to legalize gay marriage?
UPDATE #2: As of January 4, 2013, at 9:00 a.m., it appears as though the fight for Marriage Equality is dead for this session. A new session with a new Legislature starts January 9th. Let us hope that the next session can get something done sooner rather than later. UPDATE: According to the Windy City... Read more »

A Gay Election Day: Obama, Gay Marriage, and Tammy Baldwin win

It was a great Election Day for American gays and lesbians. The first president to openly support gay marriage won re-election. I know I, along with most of my gay and lesbian family, were beyond excited to see the election called in the favor of President Barack Obama. However, just as notable, for the first... Read more »
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Illinois Attorney General joins lawsuit in support of Marriage Equality

Illinois Attorney General joins lawsuit in support of Marriage Equality
Kicking off Gay Pride month with a bang, and just one day after the First Circuit Court of Appeals called the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed papers to join Lambda Legal‘s lawsuit of 16 same-sex couples who seek the right to marry. The papers, filed in the Circuit Court... Read more »

Defense of Marriage Act Unconstitutional, says First Circuit Court of Appeals

Defense of Marriage Act Unconstitutional, says First Circuit Court of Appeals
In a 33-page Opinion handed down by the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the Defense of Marriage Act, DOMA, was declared unconstitutional. I like that the opinion written by Judge Boudin states that: “DOMA does not formally invalidate same-sex marriages in states that permit them, but its adverse consequences for such a choice are considerable.... Read more »

Illinois' Marriage Equality Battle heads to the courts!

Illinois' Marriage Equality Battle heads to the courts!
Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois announced today that they will be filing lawsuits in the state of Illinois to seek marriage equality for same-sex couples. Though they are taking the battle to the courts, in a mass e-mail sent out from Equality Illinois, the battle will also still continue in Springfield. “Under this... Read more »
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