same-sex marriage

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Governor Pat Quinn took many pens in hand this afternoon and signed the same-sex marriage bill into law. The signing ceremony was held at the University of Illinois - Chicago Forum, on a desk brought up from Springfield. That desk is said to have been used by President Abraham Lincoln to write his first inaugural address. 

Quinn To Sign Same-Sex Marriage Bill Today

Nov 20, 2013
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Later today, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is set to sign a bill legalizing gay marriage.

Illinois will be the sixteenth state in the U.S. to allow same-sex marriages.

Now, the new reality of gay marriage in Illinois is prompting both hope - and concern - for the future.

When Bill Kelley first moved here from Missouri as a teenager, Illinois was a very different place for gay men like him. Kelley was around when Illinois became the first state to repeal its anti-sodomy laws a couple years later.

Converting Civil Unions Into Gay Marriages

Nov 8, 2013
Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The soon-to-be same-sex marriage law in Illinois will not affect civil unions. But gay couples in such a union will have an opportunity to convert their certificate.

Elsie esq / Flickr/Creative Commons

Illinois will be the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage, after the state House and Senate approved  legislation (SB10) today.  Governor Pat Quinn says he will sign it into law, and same-sex couples can marry starting next June.

Elsie esq / Flickr/Creative Commons

Same-sex marriage took a big step toward becoming law in Illinois today. The Illinois House of Representatives approved gay marriage in a narrow vote. 

Rallying Against Same-Sex Marriage

Oct 24, 2013
Amanda Vinicky

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.

The event started with a prayer led by Monsignor Carl Kemme, of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

A judge today threw out a challenge to a lawsuit filed by supporters of same-sex marriage. 25 same-sex couples are suing the state because they were denied marriage licenses.  They’re challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.  

What's Left? Pensions, Guns, And Same-Sex Marriage

May 31, 2013
Illinois Public Radio / Chris Slaby

Illinois has the worst funded pension system in the nation, and lawmakers have until tonight to do something about it. 

The General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn by midnight.  After that, it requires extra votes to get legislation to the governor's desk.  Pensions are not the only thing left. 

Recent Statehouse Action:

GOP Leaders Don't Oust Brady

Apr 15, 2013
GOP.com

The Illinois Republican Party Chairman will keep his job. Party bosses did not vote to fire Pat Brady this weekend - despite his  public support of same-sex marriage. Brady told reporters the motion to fire him didn’t even get a final vote. But party leaders did agree to form a so-called “succession committee” - which some suggested could lead to Brady’s early departure.

Brady emerged from the three-hour session in good spirits:

housedem.state.il.us

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan predicts a rough road ahead for a same-sex marriage bill. He says passing the bill out of the lower-chamber would be ``very difficult.'' 

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