same-sex marriage http://wuis.org en Why Are Republicans Avoiding Social Issues? http://wuis.org/post/why-are-republicans-avoiding-social-issues <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois' economy has been topic A among the men seeking the Republican nomination for governor. Getting far less attention are social issues like abortion and same-sex marriage. For a party whose rough primaries have often been compared to “circular firing squads,” the lack of focus on the topic is unusual. Brian Mackey looks at what’s behind the social silence.</span></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 20501 at http://wuis.org Why Are Republicans Avoiding Social Issues? Listen To State Week - November 22, 2013 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-november-22-2013 <p></p><p>This week, same-sex marriage legislation signed into law, the prospects for resolving the state pension crisis in a December special session, and gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's success in raising campaign funds.</p><p></p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:10:38 +0000 Bob Meyer 13604 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - November 22, 2013 Bishop Holds 'Minor Exorcism' Over Same-Sex Marriage http://wuis.org/post/bishop-holds-minor-exorcism-over-same-sex-marriage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Minutes after </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Pat Quinn made gay marriage legal in Illinois, the Roman Catholic bishop of Springfield began a <a href="http://dio.org/blog/item/350-bishop-paprocki-s-homily-for-prayers-of-supplication-and-exorcism-in-reparation-for-the-sin-of-same-sex-marriage.html#sthash.7QB7KxqD.dpbs">prayer service</a> in response. Tuesday's service was formally called a prayer of “exorcism.” But the ceremony was more subdued than that dramatic word might suggest.</span></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 08:17:21 +0000 Brian Mackey 13454 at http://wuis.org Bishop Holds 'Minor Exorcism' Over Same-Sex Marriage Bishop To Hold 'Prayers of Exorcism' On Same-Sex Marriage http://wuis.org/post/bishop-hold-prayers-exorcism-same-sex-marriage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Roman Catholic </span><a href="http://www.dio.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Bishop of Springfield</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> plans a special prayer service the day same-sex marriage is to be signed into law. He says it's "scandalous" that so many Catholic politicians supported the legislation.</span></p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:32:32 +0000 Brian Mackey 13020 at http://wuis.org Bishop To Hold 'Prayers of Exorcism' On Same-Sex Marriage 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 Listen To State Week - November 8, 2013 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-november-8-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week’s House debate on same-sex marriage &amp; Governor Quinn selects Paul </span>Vallas<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> as his running mate.&nbsp;</span></p> Sat, 09 Nov 2013 14:45:37 +0000 randy.eccles 12710 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - November 8, 2013 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 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 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' Heavy Veto Session Agenda http://wuis.org/post/heavy-veto-session-agenda <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois legislators are scheduled to finish out their veto session this week. Their back-loaded agenda ranges from dealing with budget matters to social issues.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The first week of the veto session late last month went by with little of substance accomplished.</span></p><p>But what the General Assembly didn't touch then is back now.</p><p>Like tax packages designed to keep companies, like Archer Daniels Midland, headquartered in Illinois.</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:22:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 12212 at http://wuis.org Heavy Veto Session Agenda Listen To State Week - October 25, 2013 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-october-25-2013 <p></p><p>This week, a discussion of the first half of the Fall Veto Session.</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 18:53:26 +0000 Sean Crawford 11727 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - October 25, 2013 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 Veto Session So Far: Nothing Happening http://wuis.org/post/veto-session-so-far-nothing-happening <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois lawmakers returned to Springfield Tuesday for their fall veto session. Guns, gay marriage and corporate tax breaks are on the agenda. But nothing is moving yet.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage are rallying in the Capitol this week, but the sponsor of marriage legislation won't say when or if he'll call it for a vote.</span></p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 11496 at http://wuis.org Veto Session So Far: Nothing Happening 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 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 Springfield Catholic Leader Responds To Supreme Court Rulings http://wuis.org/post/springfield-catholic-leader-responds-supreme-court-rulings <p></p><p>The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield says the nation's high court has given "legal protection to an intrinsic evil" by striking down the <em>Defense of Marriage Act</em> and not defending California's <em>Proposition 8</em>. &nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/717753-paprockistatementondoma.html">In a statement Wednesday</a>, Reverend Thomas John Paprocki went on to call the Supreme Court's rulings "hollow decisions" that are "devoid of moral authority". &nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 16:54:20 +0000 Peter Gray 4852 at http://wuis.org Springfield Catholic Leader Responds To Supreme Court Rulings