Illinois governor rallies behind marriage at Chicago Pride

On Sunday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn spoke out about the freedom to marry, saying, "I think we're closer every day."

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Evan Wolfson to serve as grand marshal of Chicago Pride

Our founder and president will be leading Chicago's 43rd annual Pride Parade on Sunday while activists build momentum for the freedom to marry in Illinois.

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Illinois Attorney General requests to intervene in marriage lawsuits

On Friday, Lisa Madigan, Attorney General of Illinois, requested to intervene in the recent marriage lawsuits to advocate for the freedom to marry.

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Illinois marks first anniversary of civil union law

One year ago today, a civil union law went into effect in the state of Illinois. The law has provided some of the protections that marriage affords, but it is not a substitution for marriage.

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25 Illinois couples file lawsuit for the freedom to marry

This morning, Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union will announce twin lawsuits on behalf of 25 same-sex couples seeking the freedom to marry in Illinois.

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FEDERAL UPDATE: 3 new cosponsors of DOMA repeal

In the past week, Rep Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Rep Bobby Rush (D-IL), and Rep Rick Larsen (D-WA) signed on as cosponsors of the Respect for Marriage Act, bringing the total number of cosponsors to a record-breaking 128 in the House.

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Illinois issues over 1,600 civil unions in the first month

In the month of June, over 1,600 civil unions were issued by the state of Illinois, according to statewide LGBT advocacy group, Equality Illinois.

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Illinois Civil Unions Begin

Illinois' civil union law went into effect earlier this week. The law provides responsibilities and protections for same-sex couples and is a step towards marriage.

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What We Can Learn from Illinois

Freedom to Marry President Evan Wolfson explains that while the new Illinois civil union law is a step forward, only marriage provides the full measure of respect, clarity, security, responsibilities, and protection same-sex couples and their families need.

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Freedom to Marry Commends Governor Quinn on Signing Civil Union Bill, Calls for Next Step

A statement from Evan Wolfson, Executive Director of Freedom to Marry, on today’s signing of the Illinois Religious Freedom Protections and Civil Unions Act by Governor Quinn.

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