same sex marriage http://wuis.org en Same Sex Couple Weds In Cook County After Judge's Ruling http://wuis.org/post/same-sex-couple-weds-cook-county-after-judges-ruling <p>One Illinois same-sex couple has gotten married after a judge ruled ruled gay couples in the Chicago area don't have to wait until June to marry.<br />&nbsp;<br />Mercedes Santos and Theresa Volpe were married Friday afternoon in downtown Chicago. They have been together 22 years and have three children. Clerk David Orr said he would start offering the licenses Friday after the federal judge's ruling. It applies only to Cook County.<br />&nbsp;<br />A judge waived the 24-hour waiting period for Santos and Volpe because they were plaintiffs in the lawsuit.<br />&nbsp; Fri, 21 Feb 2014 20:44:51 +0000 Associated Press 19458 at http://wuis.org Same Sex Couple Weds In Cook County After Judge's Ruling 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 Reaction To Same Sex Marriage Bill Signing http://wuis.org/post/reaction-same-sex-marriage-bill-signing <p>Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday signed same sex marriage into law in Illinois. Here are quotes and reaction to the bill signing. &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ___ &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;``It means we are able to say that we're a family and be recognized because we are like everyone else.'' _ Jen Dickie Rothke of Chicago, who has been with her partner for 13 years. They have a son together. &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ___ &nbsp; Wed, 20 Nov 2013 23:15:36 +0000 Associated Press 13450 at http://wuis.org Reaction To Same Sex Marriage Bill Signing Listen To State Week - November 15, 2013 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-november-15-2013 <p></p><p>More on Paul Vallas, the other gubernatorial candidates, a possible legislative session in December, and same sex marriages</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 21:39:22 +0000 Sinta Seiber 13365 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - November 15, 2013 Kirk Won't Endorse In GOP Governor Primary http://wuis.org/post/kirk-wont-endorse-gop-governor-primary <p>(AP)-Republican Sen. Mark Kirk says he won't endorse any candidate in Illinois' GOP gubernatorial primary. &nbsp;<br />However, Kirk gave some advice. He contends the only way Republicans will take control of the governor's mansion is to be moderate on social issues. &nbsp;</p><p>Kirk said that includes accepting same-sex marriage is legal in Illinois. Kirk said he backs same-sex marriage and applauds the General Assembly for making it legal last week. &nbsp;<br />Kirk made the assertion Monday, following a Veterans Day ceremony at Buffalo Grove High School outside Chicago. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:54:35 +0000 Associated Press 12845 at http://wuis.org Kirk Won't Endorse In GOP Governor Primary Springfield Bishop Bars Same Sex Marriage Supporters From Cathedral http://wuis.org/post/springfield-bishop-bars-same-sex-marriage-supporters-cathedral <p align="left">Springfield Catholic Bishop Thomas Paprocki sent this memo out earlier in the day Tuesday, prior to the march and rally in support of same sex marriage at the statehouse:</p><p align="left">The Rainbow Sash Movement has encouraged Roman Catholics to come to Springfield to “have a loud Catholic presence for marriage equality.” They have announced plans to gather at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at 4:30 p.m. just before the 5:15 p.m. Mass to stand in the Cathedral and indicate that they are there to pray the rosary for “marriage equality.”</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 22:54:51 +0000 Sean Crawford 11491 at http://wuis.org Springfield Bishop Bars Same Sex Marriage Supporters From Cathedral March For Marriage, But No Vote Certain http://wuis.org/post/march-marriage-no-vote-certain <p>Rain didn't stop advocates for same-sex marriage, who rallied under umbrellas by the hundreds in front of the Illinois Capitol Tuesday, Oct. 22. A measure to legalize same-sex marriage passed the state Senate earlier this year, but has stalled in the Illinois House.</p><p>There were two types of headliners:</p><p>-musicians, like Marcus Terrell, of "America's Got Talent" fame, who sang a "song about true love" ("and as we all know here today true love in any form is just natural," he said).</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:59:49 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 11471 at http://wuis.org March For Marriage, But No Vote Certain Both Sides In Same Sex Marriage Debate Gathering In Springfield http://wuis.org/post/both-sides-same-sex-marriage-debate-gathering-springfield <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Opponents and supporters of same-sex marriage are gearing up for another push in the Illinois Legislature.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Supporters are planning a march and rally in Springfield on Tuesday, the first day of the Legislature's fall session. Gov. Pat Quinn and other lawmakers who support legislation legalizing same-sex marriage are expected to participate. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 22:29:11 +0000 The Associated Press 11399 at http://wuis.org Both Sides In Same Sex Marriage Debate Gathering In Springfield Preview: Fall Veto Session http://wuis.org/post/preview-fall-veto-session <p>For the first time since a brief special session in July,legislators will begin making their way en masse to Springfield this week, for the fall veto session. The agenda before them is relatively light. The General Assembly will likely debate some budget matters. And there's a hearing on a new type of health care coverage for retired state employees. Amanda Vinicky previews what else is ahead.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:50:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 11345 at http://wuis.org Preview: Fall Veto Session Durkin Doubtful Pension Changes Will Happen This Fall http://wuis.org/post/durkin-doubtful-pension-changes-will-happen-fall <p>The newest leader in state government says he doubts pension reform will become reality during the upcoming fall veto session. Republican House Minority Leader Jim Durkin says it&#39;s not right to vote for something that&#39;s close to ideal just because there is fatigue surrounding the issue.</p><p>&quot;The issue needs to be done, but we need to do it right,&quot; Durkin said. &quot;But I am not going to just wave the white flag out of expediency because people have been worn down or they&#39;re tired of the issue and want to get it off their plates.&quot;</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 18:43:46 +0000 Willis Kern 10045 at http://wuis.org Durkin Doubtful Pension Changes Will Happen This Fall Reaction To Illinois Same Sex Marriage Ruling http://wuis.org/post/reaction-illinois-same-sex-marriage-ruling <p>Attorneys for both sides are reacting to an Illinois judge&#39;s decision that a lawsuit challenging the state&#39;s ban on same-sex marriage can continue. &nbsp;</p><p>Camilla Taylor is an attorney with Lambda Legal, representing 25 couples who filed for marriage licenses in Cook County and were denied. Taylor said after Friday&#39;s ruling in Chicago that it will be ``a very bad day for the defendants&#39;&#39; when the case is decided. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 20:36:13 +0000 Associated Press 9829 at http://wuis.org Reaction To Illinois Same Sex Marriage Ruling 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 ACLU Hires Former GOP Chair's Firm To Lobby For Same Sex Marriage http://wuis.org/post/aclu-hires-former-gop-chairs-firm-lobby-same-sex-marriage <p>The American Civil Liberties Union has hired a consulting firm started by the Illinois Republican Party's former chairman to help with efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois.&nbsp;</p><p>Pat Brady left his GOP post earlier this year after he said he supported gay marriage. He later started what he describes as a government affairs firm with Matt Strawn, the former chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 19:56:52 +0000 Associated Press 7940 at http://wuis.org ACLU Hires Former GOP Chair's Firm To Lobby For Same Sex Marriage Same Sex Marriage Ruling Set For September http://wuis.org/post/same-sex-marriage-ruling-set-september <p>A Cook County judge won't decide until late September on whether to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the state's same sex marriage ban.<br>&nbsp;<br>Circuit Judge Sophia Hall listened to nearly two hours of arguments on Tuesday. She then said she'll rule on Sept. 27. The lawsuit involves 25 couples who filed for marriage licenses in Cook County and were denied.<br>&nbsp;<br>However, Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez has refused to defend the state's ban, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. She says it violates the state constitution.<br>&nbsp; Tue, 06 Aug 2013 18:21:21 +0000 Sean Crawford 6845 at http://wuis.org Same Sex Marriage Ruling Set For September What The DOMA Rulings Mean For Illinois http://wuis.org/post/what-doma-rulings-mean-illinois <p>Expect a raucous time at this weekend's annual Pride Parade in Chicago.&nbsp; Gay right activists will celebrate the death of "DOMA," or the Defense of Marriage Act.&nbsp; Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling declaring the Act unconstitutional is a major victory for advocates, who had a disappointing spring in Illinois.&nbsp; The House of Representatives adjourned in late May without taking a vote on a measure to legalize gay marriage in the state.&nbsp;&nbsp; Activists say they're hopeful the federal ruling will put additional pressure on state legislators to pass a law.&nbsp; For the meantime Thu, 27 Jun 2013 19:04:30 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 4903 at http://wuis.org What The DOMA Rulings Mean For Illinois Brauer Predicts Nothing Special In Special Session http://wuis.org/post/brauer-predicts-nothing-special-special-session <p>What will the special legislative session next week accomplish?</p><p>"Nothing," says Rep. Rich Brauer (R-Petersburg).&nbsp; Brauer was a guest on WUIS' Illinois Edition Thursday.&nbsp; He talks pensions, concealed carry, same sex marriage and the state budget:</p><p></p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 16:18:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 4221 at http://wuis.org Brauer Predicts Nothing Special In Special Session UIS Professor Talks Same Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court http://wuis.org/post/uis-professor-talks-same-sex-marriage-and-supreme-court <p>UIS Associate Professor <strong>Jason Pierceson</strong> is the author of <strong><a href="https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781442212046">“Same Sex Marriage in the U.S.:The Road to the Supreme Court.”</a>&nbsp; </strong>The book recounts how the issue has evolved as we await opinions on two key cases.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 14:41:27 +0000 Sean Crawford 4210 at http://wuis.org UIS Professor Talks Same Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court Gay Rights Activists Protest Sponsor http://wuis.org/post/gay-rights-activists-protest-sponsor <p style="font-size: 16px; margin-bottom: 24px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, 'Bitstream Charter', serif;">The sponsor of same sex marriage legislation is facing a backlash for not calling it for a vote before the General Assembly adjourned on Friday. &nbsp;</p><p style="font-size: 16px; margin-bottom: 24px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, 'Bitstream Charter', serif;">&nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 05:41:49 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 3645 at http://wuis.org