gay marriage http://wuis.org en 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 Candidates Still Staking Out Positions On Same-Sex Marriage http://wuis.org/post/candidates-still-staking-out-positions-same-sex-marriage <p>Although same-sex marriage will soon be law in Illinois, the issue could remain a factor in the 2014 elections.</p><p>For most Democrats — especially those in and around Chicago — same-sex marriage is a winning political issue with core voters.</p><p>It's a lot tricker for Republicans. A majority of conservatives are opposed to legal same-sex marriage, but in a Democratic-leaning state like Illinois, Republicans need to win votes from independents, too.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:48:41 +0000 Brian Mackey 13007 at http://wuis.org Candidates Still Staking Out Positions On Same-Sex Marriage 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 Legislators Leave Capital, But They May Be Back http://wuis.org/post/legislators-leave-capital-they-may-be-back <p>Illinois legislators wrapped up their two-week veto session this afternoon (Nov. 7), though they may be back in Springfield before the year's end.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The General Assembly knocked one, big item off its to-do list: same-sex marriage. After intense lobbying on both sides, lawmakers on Tuesday sent the governor a measure that will allow gays and lesbians to marry.</span></p><p>The rest of the major issues on the General Assembly's agenda remain:</p><p>-a tax package crafted to ensure Archer Daniels Midland keeps its headquarters in Illinois is on hold</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 21:26:46 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 12572 at http://wuis.org Legislators Leave Capital, But They May Be Back Plan To Hasten Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage http://wuis.org/post/plan-hasten-legalization-same-sex-marriage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Gay and lesbian couples may not have to wait until June to marry in Illinois. A lawmaker is moving to accelerate when same-sex marriage becomes legal.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Already, same-sex couples are hurrying to take advantage of the marriage legislation approved on Tuesday. That very night, Rep. Sam </span>Yingling<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a Lake County Democrat who's openly gay, got engaged. "Well, we don't have a date yet, but I will certainly let you know when we do," he said.</span></p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 10:52:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 12500 at http://wuis.org Plan To Hasten Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage Marriage Debate Hinges On 'Freedom' http://wuis.org/post/marriage-debate-hinges-freedom <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Same-sex marriage will soon be legal in Illinois. The House narrowly approved legislation Tuesday, and Governor Pat Quinn says he'll sign it into law.</span></p><p>The vote came after months of intense lobbying, in which both sides claimed they were fighting for individual freedom.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's been a busy year for people who care about same-sex marriage in Illinois. Supporters had an early victory on Valentine's Day, when the state Senate approved what backers call "marriage equality" legislation.</span></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 07:38:18 +0000 Brian Mackey 12433 at http://wuis.org Marriage Debate Hinges On 'Freedom' 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 Politics, Romance, Practicality and Religion Mix in Marriage Debate http://wuis.org/post/politics-romance-practicality-and-religion-mix-marriage-debate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Back on Valentine's Day, the state Senate approved legislation that would allow gays and lesbians to get married in Illinois.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The hope then was that Illinois would become the tenth state to legalize same-sex marriage.&nbsp; Eight months later, it still hasn't happened. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:40:32 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 11510 at http://wuis.org Politics, Romance, Practicality and Religion Mix in Marriage Debate 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 Judge To Rule On Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit http://wuis.org/post/judge-rule-same-sex-marriage-lawsuit <p>An Illinois judge promises to rule on the future of a lawsuit seeking to legalize same-sex marriage in the state.</p><p>The lawsuit was filed last year by 25 gay and lesbian couples who want the right to marry.</p><p>Cook County Judge Sophia Hall is expected to rule Friday on a motion to dismiss the case.</p><p>Lawyers for five downstate county clerks who are defending the ban want the case tossed.&nbsp; Plaintiffs&#39; attorneys want the judge to let the lawsuit stand - then rule immediately that they won the lawsuit and that the ban is illegal.</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 11:18:49 +0000 Associated Press 9771 at http://wuis.org Judge To Rule On Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit 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 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