A step in the right direction in Illinois

Illinois civil union law is a step in the right direction, but there is still work to be done to end the exclusion of gay and lesbian couples from marriage.

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Marriage and civil union bills moving forward in multiple states

Things are moving fast in two states where winning the freedom to marry is a real possibility this year, and other states are moving ahead with civil union legislation.

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Op-Ed: A gay agenda for everyone

Dan Savage discusses why he believes President Obama should address gay rights - specifically marriage equality - in his State of the Union speech this week.

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Marriage equality could move forward in some U.S. states

A handful of U.S. states are poised to take up the issue of marriage equality afresh, due largely to incoming lawmakers who may tip the balance in favor of the controversial measure.

"The work of persuasion, of personal conversations, of talking to lawmakers and mobilizing against a well-funded anti-gay opposition" are among the primary tasks for the lobbying group Freedom to Marry, said founder Evan Wolfson. "With the freedom to marry within reach this year in states such as New York, Maryland and Rhode Island, now is the time to have those conversations and move marriage forward," he said.

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Voice for Equality: Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel is an American politician and former White House Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama.

On December 10, 2010, Mr. Emanuel gave an interview in which he expressed his support for the repeal of DADT, the repeal of DOMA and the passage of ENDA.

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Civil unions should inspire religious communities to think twice

The Rev. Philip Blackwell: The civil union legislation passed by Illinois legislators does not have a direct impact on the ministry of religious bodies, but I think it requires additional thought from religious communities.

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Chicago’s Mayor Daley: Let’s finish the job

While praising the passage of Illinois' civil union bill, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley said that marriage must be the next step

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Illinois Senate OK’s civil unions for gay & lesbian couples

A lengthy debate to recognize the unions of gay and lesbian couples in Illinois is over with Wednesday's passage of a civil unions bill in the state Senate.

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Illinois Passes a Welcome Civil Union Bill, Nation’s Fifth

Today, Illinois took an important step forward in providing a measure of protections to same-sex couples and their families – protections of particular importance in these tough economic times.

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The freedom to marry a plus for travel

Since only five states in the country and Washington D.C. legally recognize the freedom to marry, gays and lesbians who don’t live in one of those places, must travel to tie the knot.

This means an uptick in travel and tourism to those five states and the nation’s capital.

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