gay marriage

9:15 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Supreme Court Strikes Down Defense Of Marriage Act

In a highly anticipated ruling, the Supreme Court ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.

The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, was signed into law by President Bill Clinton, barring federal recognition of same-sex marriages for purposes such as Social Security survivors' benefits, insurance benefits, immigration and tax filing.

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12:24 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Senator Kirk Backs Same-Sex Marriage

Credit Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) Center for Stroke Rehabilitation

Illinois' junior U.S. Senator, Republican Mark Kirk, says he supports same-sex marriage. Kirk's stance on marriage equality was announced in a blog post Tuesday.

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6:27 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Gay Marriage Bill Faces Tough House Vote

Credit state of Illinois

The Illinois House could soon take up a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. Political observers have said this vote will be a tough test for the latest effort to allow gay couples to marry. That remains the case as lawmakers prepare to consider the proposal.

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8:06 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Gay Marriage Advocates Lobby Illinois Republicans At Convention

On Tuesday, gay marriage advocates spoke with Illinois Republicans in Tampa. But it’s not clear how their message was received.

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2:25 am
Tue July 31, 2012

One year of 'wedded' bliss: civil unions in Illinois

Dozens of these signs were carried around the DeKalb County courthouse during the July 2011 civil unions celebration.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

It has been more than a year since civil unions became legal in Illinois. And in that time, more than 5,000 couples have tied the only knot available to same-sex partners. Several DeKalb couples have just celebrated their first legally-recognized anniversary. 

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5:43 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Two County Clerks defend gay marriage ban

Tazewell County Clerk Christie Webb
Tazewell County website

Two county clerks want to defend Illinois’ ban on gay marriage. A judge may decide whether they can Tuesday.

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6:49 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Illinois governor makes clear his support for gay marriage

Pat Quinn gets behind the idea of allowing gay marriage in Illinois. The Democrat says he'll work with state lawmakers to make it a reality.

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The Two-Way
2:35 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

President Obama: Same-Sex Couples Should Be Able To Wed

President Barack Obama is seen on a monitor in the White House briefing room in Washington, Wednesday. President Barack Obama told an ABC interviewer that he supports gay marriage.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 4:19 pm

In an interview with ABC News, President Obama declared his support for gay marriage. This marks a departure from the president's previous stance, which has repeatedly been described as "evolving."

Here's the money quote from ABC's OTUS blog:

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