New campaign in Illinois highlights why marriage matters to military veterans

Yesterday, Illinois Unites for Marriage, the campaign working to win marriage in Illinois this year, announced the launch of Veterans Unite for Marriage, a coalition of service members and their families in Illinois.

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Winning More States: How marriage moved forward in 8 states this week

Coming off of June's historic victories at the Supreme Court, marriage supporters are working harder than ever in more states than ever in an effort to win marriage in more states and grow public support for marriage. Here's a look at how marriage has moved forward in eight key states this month!

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VIDEO: A tragic reminder that the freedom to marry can’t wait

Today, Illinois Unites for Marriage, the coalition working to win the freedom to marry in Illinois this year, released a video featuring Robert talking the death of his partner, Steven Hynes - and why the IL legislature can't wait one day longer to pass a bill. Watch the video.

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Steven and Robert in Illinois: A tragic reminder that we can’t wait for marriage

For months, Steven Hynes and Robert Smith have been eagerly waiting for their home state of Illinois to pass a bill extending the freedom to marry to same-sex couples. They were left waiting on the day that Steven passed away after battling terminal stage 3 Melanoma for nearly a year.

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VIDEO: Bud Billikin Parade attendees speak out about why marriage matters in IL

This weekend, Chicago hosted the annual Bud Billiken Parade, the oldest and largest parade for African-Americans in the United States. Along the way, Illinois Unites for Marriage asked parade attendees why they support the freedom to marry in Illinois.

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Winning More States: Where marriage stands in 4 key states this year

As we continue to celebrate the victories at the Supreme Court in June 2013, we're already hard at work on building up momentum and securing essential votes in four key state marriage campaigns. Winning these four states before the end of 2014 is an important step on the path to victory.

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Illinois Unites for Marriage reenergizes efforts to win marriage in IL

Today, the campaign to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage in Illinois celebrated renewed energy as Illinois Unites for Marriage, the coalition committed to passing marriage legislation in the state, announced the formal relaunch of its efforts

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Round-Up: Same-sex couples in 5 states file lawsuits for the freedom to marry

In the past 2 weeks, since the United States Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional Section 3 of DOMA, many legal organizations have looked to build off of the victory's momentum by filing state lawsuits seeking the freedom to marry and challenging state marriage amendments and bans.

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Roadmap to Victory: The next steps in winning marriage nationwide

Today, with two victories at the Supreme Court continuing to contribute fresh momentum in moving marriage forward, Freedom to Marry unveiled the next steps in the national strategy to win the freedom to marry across the country through 2016.

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Illinois House fails to vote on marriage bill

On Friday, May 31, the Illinois House of Representatives failed to vote on the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, which would have affirmed the freedom to marry for all same-sex couples in the state. We will fight and make our case until all Illinois families have the freedom to marry the person they love.

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