Postedon Nov 15, 2010 at 01:30 pm
The Illinois General Assembly this week could consider legislation to legalize civil unions for same-sex couples, giving them many of the same legal rights as married people.
Postedon Nov 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm
The Chicago Sun Times editorial board suggests Illinois politicians embrace a little "love and civility" as they consider a civil union bill for same-sex couples which will likely face a vote during the state Legislature's brief veto session that begins on Tuesday.
Postedon Nov 05, 2010 at 02:30 pm
The prospects of a civil unions bill becoming law in Illinois are brighter Thursday with the reelection of Governor Pat Quinn.
Postedon Oct 21, 2010 at 01:30 pm
Laura Ricketts is co-owner of the Chicago Cubs and CEO of Ecotravel.com. Ricketts is also a board member of Lambda Legal and the Housing Opportunities for Women organization.
Ricketts' ownership stake in the Cubs is uniquely noteworthy because it makes her the first openly gay owner of a major-league sports franchise.
Postedon Oct 18, 2010 at 12:30 pm
Although many Chicago-area couples are content to keep their events local, increasingly gays and lesbians are pairing local commitment ceremonies with out-of-town events that give their partnerships legal sanction. Ted Grady, co-owner of J&L Catering, which does full-service event planning as well as catering, says that desire to make it legal is one of several trends he has seen in same-sex commitment ceremonies in recent years.
Postedon Oct 08, 2010 at 08:30 am
Gov. Quinn says he believes civil unions could be legalized in Illinois before the end of the year.
"The votes are there, I believe," Quinn said. "In the Senate for sure, and definitely I think we can do it in the House.
Postedon Sep 30, 2010 at 08:15 am
The New York Times editorial board criticizes campaigns against justices around the country, including an anti-gay campaign against the three Iowa Supreme Court justices who ruled in favor of marriage for lesbian and gay couples in the state.
Postedon Sep 14, 2010 at 10:30 am
Equality Illinois' Rick Garcia on Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley (a Freedom to Marry Voice for Equality): "Mayor Daley is the very best on gay and lesbian issues in the entire country. We have unbelievable access and he has been supportive of anything we’ve asked.”
Postedon Sep 01, 2010 at 03:00 pm
In the August 27, 2010 entry of his Journal in the "Chicago Sun-Times", film critic Roger Ebert makes a case for the freedom to marry by telling a personal story of his mother supporting a lesbian couple in their desire to get married back in the 1970s: "Public opinion is perceived to be shifting on the topic [marriage equality]. It seems odd to me that on this issue, Barack Obama is more conservative than Dick Cheney, George Bush and my mother."
Postedon Aug 17, 2010 at 10:30 am
"Time Out Chicago" writer Novid Parsi comments on a "Chicago Tribune" story about a recent local poll on the freedom to marry. Parsi notes the Tribune story focuses on the fact that there is "a substantial portion of the population that considers same-sex relationships to be morally wrong” even while a much larger percentage of the people surveyed favor marriage equality.