Illinois same sex marriage http://wuis.org en Sangamon County Clerk Unsure About Same Sex Marriage Licenses For Now http://wuis.org/post/sangamon-county-clerk-unsure-about-same-sex-marriage-licenses-now <p>The Sangamon County Clerk says he's still unsure it would be legal for him to issue same sex marriage licenses before a new law takes effect in June.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 23:26:39 +0000 Lee Strubinger 20256 at http://wuis.org Sangamon County Clerk Unsure About Same Sex Marriage Licenses For Now Same Sex Couple Gets Marriage License In Champaign County http://wuis.org/post/same-sex-couple-gets-marriage-license-champaign-county <p>Champaign County Wednesday became the second county in Illinois to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses before June 1st. That’s when a state law says same-sex couples can marry.&nbsp;</p><p>A federal judge ruled last week that Illinois' same-sex marriage ban is&nbsp;unconstitutional. Urbana residents Marissa and Laura Meli were the first same-sex couple in Champaign County to get a marriage license.</p><p>They’ve been together for more than eight years, and they tell&nbsp; Sean Powers that they’ve been waiting for this day for a long time.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 23:42:35 +0000 Sean Powers 19785 at http://wuis.org Same Sex Couple Gets Marriage License In Champaign County Same Sex Marriage Forums To Explain The New Law http://wuis.org/post/same-sex-marriage-forums-explain-new-law <p>Advocates who pressed for same-sex marriage to become legal in Illinois are now sponsoring forums to help gay and lesbian couples understand the law.</p><p>Equality Illinois'&nbsp; Director of Public Policy, Randy Hannig, says he already has been "flooded" with questions from couples who want to marry.</p><p>'We're using it as an opportunity to educate," Hannig said.&nbsp; "We did the same thing three years ago after the civil unions law was signed."</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:42:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 14234 at http://wuis.org Same Sex Marriage Forums To Explain The New Law First Same Sex Marriage Has Occurred In Illinois http://wuis.org/post/first-same-sex-marriage-has-occurred-illinois <p>Two Chicago women have become the first couple to take their vows under the new same-sex marriage law in Illinois. &nbsp;<br />Patricia Ewert and Vernita Gray married in a private ceremony Wednesday, just days after a judge agreed to expedite their wedding because of Gray's terminal illness. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 21:40:55 +0000 Associated Press 13912 at http://wuis.org First Same Sex Marriage Has Occurred In Illinois Judge Orders Expedited Marriage License for Same Sex Couple http://wuis.org/post/judge-orders-expedited-marriage-license-same-sex-couple <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. District Court in Chicago has ordered Cook County's clerk to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple, one of whom is terminally ill. &nbsp;</span></p><p>County Clerk David Orr said he will comply with the court's order, handed down Monday by Judge Thomas Durkin. &nbsp;</p><p>A lawsuit was filed Friday by Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois seeking immediate action for Vernita Gray and Patricia Ewert. Gray has bone and brain cancer. Illinois' gay marriage law goes into effect June 1. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:53:35 +0000 Associated Press 13772 at http://wuis.org Judge Orders Expedited Marriage License for Same Sex Couple Illinois Is 16th State To Allow Same-Sex Marriage http://wuis.org/post/illinois-16th-state-allow-same-sex-marriage <div>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div><p>Illinois is now the 16th state to allow same-sex marriage. Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill into law Wednesday in Chicago that makes the state the largest in the Midwest to legalize gay weddings. The law takes effect in June when county clerks can begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Illinois allowed civil unions in 2011, but it was a bumpy road to same-sex marriage in President Barack Obama's home state.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:42:50 +0000 Associated Press 13427 at http://wuis.org Illinois Is 16th State To Allow Same-Sex Marriage Hawaii Jumps Ahead Of Illinois On Same Sex Marriage http://wuis.org/post/hawaii-jumps-ahead-illinois-same-sex-marriage <p>When lawmakers voted this month to approve gay marriage in Illinois, the state was set to become the 15th in the nation to legalize same-sex weddings.<br />&nbsp;<br />Now Illinois may become the 16th state.<br />&nbsp;<br />That's because Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie is expected to sign legislation<br />Wednesday legalizing gay marriage in that state. Same-sex marriages are set to<br />begin in the island state on Dec. 2.<br />&nbsp;<br />Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has said he'll sign his state's measure during a Wed, 13 Nov 2013 16:00:43 +0000 Associated Press 12934 at http://wuis.org Hawaii Jumps Ahead Of Illinois On Same Sex Marriage Governor To Sign Same Sex Marriage Measure Nov. 20 http://wuis.org/post/governor-sign-same-sex-marriage-measure-nov-20 <p>Gov. Pat Quinn says he's planning to sign same-sex marriage legislation on Nov. 20 in Chicago. &nbsp;<br />The governor announced Thursday that he will sign the bill at the University of Illinois at Chicago in a 3:30 p.m. ceremony. The Legislature passed the measure Tuesday. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 23:43:19 +0000 Associated Press 12587 at http://wuis.org Governor To Sign Same Sex Marriage Measure Nov. 20 Lawmaker Says Son Would Be Proud Of Same Sex Marriage Vote http://wuis.org/post/lawmaker-says-son-would-be-proud-same-sex-marriage-vote <p>An Urbana lawmaker says her late son would be proud that she returned to the Capitol to vote for same-sex marriage in his last hours. &nbsp; Garret Jakobsson, the 46-year-old son of Democratic state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, died Tuesday evening after suffering from Pick's Disease. He had been in hospice care. &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</p><p>Jakobsson rushed back to Springfield Tuesday afternoon to vote for the same-sex marriage bill, which she had co-sponsored. It ultimately passed the House with one vote to spare. &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 20:44:10 +0000 Associated Press 12562 at http://wuis.org Lawmaker Says Son Would Be Proud Of Same Sex Marriage Vote Governor: Will Sign Same-Sex Marriage "Pretty Soon" http://wuis.org/post/governor-will-sign-same-sex-marriage-pretty-soon <p>The same-sex marriage legislation approved yesterday, Nov. 5, by the Illinois General Assembly will become law by the end of the month.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Pat Quinn hosted a party last night at the executive mansion in Springfield to celebrate. The festivities morphed into an engagement party when one of a handful of openly gay legislators, Rep. Sam </span>Yingling<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, D - </span>Grayslake<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6J0TIVJW1_o">proposed to his partner</a>.</span></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 18:06:18 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 12469 at http://wuis.org Obama Applauds Illinois Legislature http://wuis.org/post/obama-applauds-illinois-legislature <p>President Barack Obama is praising the passage of same-sex marriage legislation in his home state of Illinois.&nbsp;&nbsp; Obama, who served in the Illinois state Senate, released a statement saying he<br />was ``overjoyed for all the committed couples in Illinois.''<br />&nbsp;<br />The president is commending members of the Legislature for approaching the<br />issue in an ``open and fair way.'' He says the nation's journey is not complete<br />until gay men and women are treated equally under the law.<br />&nbsp; Wed, 06 Nov 2013 00:59:22 +0000 Associated Press 12429 at http://wuis.org Obama Applauds Illinois Legislature Cross, 2 Other Republicans Help Pass Same Sex Marriage In House http://wuis.org/post/cross-2-other-republicans-help-pass-same-sex-marriage-house <p>Former House minority leader Tom Cross is among three House Republicans who voted in favor of legislation allowing same-sex marriage in Illinois. &nbsp;</p><p>The Oswego Republican hadn't indicated how he'd vote prior to Tuesday when the House approved the bill 61-54. He currently is seeking higher office with a run for Illinois treasurer. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 23:17:58 +0000 Associated Press 12428 at http://wuis.org Cross, 2 Other Republicans Help Pass Same Sex Marriage In House Lawmakers Send Same Sex Marriage Measure To Governor http://wuis.org/post/lawmakers-send-same-sex-marriage-measure-governor <p>Illinois is set to become the 15th state and largest in the heartland to allow same-sex couples to marry. &nbsp;<br />State senators approved technical changes Tuesday to a measure legalizing gay weddings, shortly after a historic favorable vote in the state House. The bill now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has said he'll sign it into law. &nbsp;<br />Illinois will start allowing same-sex marriages next summer. &nbsp;<br />Fourteen states plus Washington D.C., currently allow same-sex marriage. &nbsp; Tue, 05 Nov 2013 21:35:11 +0000 Associated Press 12415 at http://wuis.org Lawmakers Send Same Sex Marriage Measure To Governor Opposing Views Of Same Sex Marriage http://wuis.org/post/opposing-views-same-sex-marriage <p>Whether or not House lawmakers in Illinois vote on same sex marriage this week, those on differing sides of the issue have been working to make their case.</p><p><strong>Supporters</strong></p><p>The group<a href="http://www.illinoisunites.org/" target="_blank"> Illinois Unites for Marriage</a> has organized phone banks to target state representatives who’ve not made up their mind or who have not announced how they will vote.</p><p></p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 10:56:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 12359 at http://wuis.org Opposing Views Of Same Sex Marriage Rallying Cry For Marriage: One Man, One Woman http://wuis.org/post/rallying-cry-marriage-one-man-one-woman <p>A day after supporters of same-sex marriage rallied at the Illinois Capitol, opponents had their turn. Thousands gathered at the statehouse Wednesday, Oct. 23, urging the Illinois House to uphold traditional marriage.</p><p>The event started with a prayer led by Monsignor Carl Kemme, of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 23:27:17 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 11578 at http://wuis.org Rallying Cry For Marriage: One Man, One Woman State Week In Review: October 18, 2013 http://wuis.org/post/state-week-review-october-18-2013 <p>On this edition of State Week in Review, our panel previews the upcoming fall session of the Illinois General Assembly.&nbsp; From pensions to same sex marriage to gun crime sentencing, we discuss what may or may not occur.&nbsp;</p><p>Also, the impact of the federal shutdown on state government.&nbsp;&nbsp; Our guest this week is Gatehouse Media's Doug Finke.</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 18:50:28 +0000 Sean Crawford 11234 at http://wuis.org State Week In Review: October 18, 2013 Same Sex Marriage Activists Target House Republicans http://wuis.org/post/same-sex-marriage-activists-target-house-republicans <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bill to legalize gay marriage in Illinois will be waiting for lawmakers when they head back to Springfield next month.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The bill already passed the State Senate - but is stuck in the House.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now, proponents are in the midst of a lobbying campaign targeted at an unlikely group of lawmakers: House Republicans.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But as </span>WBEZ&rsquo;s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Alex Keefe report Wed, 25 Sep 2013 12:30:00 +0000 Alex Keefe/WBEZ 9567 at http://wuis.org Same Sex Marriage Activists Target House Republicans