All posts for the month February, 2013

House Executive Committee Approves Freedom to Marry Bill, Sending Legislation to Vote by Full House

As support continues to build for legislation that would give gay and lesbian couples in Illinois the freedom to marry, the House Executive Committee passed Senate Bill 10 today, setting the stage for a vote by the full Illinois House of Representatives.

Latino Leaders Support the Freedom to Marry in Illinois

As a crucial vote in the Illinois House of Representatives approaches, 23 prominent Latino leaders today announced their support for extending the freedom to marry to gay and lesbian couples in Illinois.

Gay Marriage Won’t Ruin Illinois

For well over 30 years, whenever the subject of gay rights came up in the Illinois General Assembly, legislators ran away in droves.

Families from Across Illinois Visit Capitol to Urge Passage of Freedom to Marry

Gay and lesbian couples and their families gathered in Springfield today to meet with State Representatives and urge them to pass the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, continuing the momentum from last week’s historic Illinois Senate vote.

Daily Illini: State House and Gov. Quinn Should Make Illinois The 10th State to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

It started with Massachusetts in 2004, and if the Illinois state House allows it as the state Senate did Thursday, Illinois will be the 10th state in the country to legalize same-sex marriage.

Illinoisans Back Gay Marriage 50-29: Crain’s/IPSOS Poll

Most Illinois residents want the Legislature to legalize same-sex marriage in the state, according to the latest results of the Crain's/Ipsos Illinois Poll.

Opinion: Chicago Tribune: A Spouse is a Spouse

A little more than two years ago, the Illinois General Assembly took a carefully measured step toward marriage equality, the full legal recognition of committed partnerships, regardless of the parties' sexual orientation.

Opinion: Daily Herald: Time for State House to Join Tide of History on Rights

The Illinois Senate has done its part to advance the notion of human rights in Illinois. Now it's up to the state House.

Daily Herald: Brady: GOP “On the Wrong Side of History” On Same-Sex Marriage

Illinois Republican Chairman Pat Brady, who personally lobbied for legalized same-sex marriage but saw it pass the state Senate Thursday with only one GOP vote, says his party is "on the wrong side of history."

The Southern: Gay Marriage Continues to Roil Republicans

In January, Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady put his support behind a push to legalize gay marriage in Illinois, sparking a revolt among some members of this party.