same-sex marriage

Same-Sex Marriage
3:54 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Rallying Against Same-Sex Marriage

Credit 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.

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Same Sex Marriage
3:08 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Lawsuit Against Same Sex Marriage Ban Moves Forward

Same sex couples participated in civil union ceremonies on the courthouse lawn in Sycamore in 2011.
Credit 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.  

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5:17 am
Fri May 31, 2013

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

Credit 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:

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5:29 am
Mon April 15, 2013

GOP Leaders Don't Oust Brady

Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady

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:

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12:16 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Madigan Says House Is Short Of Gay Marriage Votes


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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6:24 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Sociologist's View: Same-Sex Marriage

Sociologist Robert Hironimus-Wendt
Credit WIU

The Illinois House may vote on a measure to make same-sex marriage legal in the state.  The state's consideration comes amid a national conversation about gay marriage.  The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two key cases regarding same-sex marriage on March 26 and 27. At both government levels, the debate involves the effect of same-sex marriage on families, and how they are viewed in society.

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8:18 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Illinois Senators Delay Floor Vote on Same-Sex Marriage

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, Diocese of Springfield in Illinois

Illinois moved one step closer to legalizing gay marriage Thursday. A Senate panel sent the measure to the floor on a strict party-line vote. But some key absences meant there weren't enough votes to pass it in the full Senate.

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7:30 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Both Sides Preparing For Same-Sex Marriage Fight In Illinois

Lobbying efforts are intensifying with a vote on legalizing same sex marriage looming next month at the Illinois Capitol. The rhetoric is coming from both sides of the issue.

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6:47 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Lisa Madigan calls same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the state's current prohibition against same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

The Democrat is throwing her weight behind a pair of lawsuits in Cook County court that are challenging the state's marriage laws. She says she personally supports gay marriage.

I don't believe that the current law that prohibits gays and lesbians from being able to marry in the state of Illinois - uh, meets - uh, equal protection," she said.

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11:21 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Around Illinois – May 30

  • ICC quadruples ComEd delivery rate reduction
  • Lawsuits challenge same-sex marriage ban
  • Democrat quits 12th District Congressional race
  • Dixon is advertising for a Finance Director
    … and federal officers want to sell assets

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