The Mayor who transformed the Windy City

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.”

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Voice for Equality: Roger Ebert

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."

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The Chicago Tribune stumbles on freedom to marry data

"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.

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Can the proponents of Proposition 8 appeal Judge Walker’s ruling?

New York Law School Professor Arthur S. Leonard discusses "a bit of chatter on-line" about whether Judge Walker's decision in Perry v. Schwarzenegger can be appealed by the Proponents of Proposition 8, who are defendant-intervenors in the case, when the actual named defendants, Gov. Schwarzenegger, Attorney General Brown, and a handful of other state officials, have not signified their intention to appeal.

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Voice for Equality: Rabbi Peter Knobel

Rabbi Peter S. Knobel has been the spiritual leader at Beth Emet Synagogue in Evanston, Illinois since 1980, encouraging stimulating interaction between clergy and congregants with the goal of infusing deeper Jewish meaning into the lives of individual members and the community as a whole. In addition to his congregational responsibilities, Rabbi Knobel serves in leadership roles in the Reform movement on a national level as well as being actively involved in the Chicago-area community.

In July of 2010, Lisa Black profiled Rabbi Peter Knobel who described himself as a "former homophobe" who now works as an LGBT advocate and has officiated at two weddings for lesbian couples.

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Voice for Equality: IL Treasurer, Alexi Giannoulias, extends benefits to gay, lesbian employees

On top of his previous statements in support of marriage equality, with six months left in his four-year term, Illinois state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias signed an executive order on Sunday June 13, 2010 extending family-leave benefits to gay and lesbian employees in domestic partnerships.

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Couple denied in Illinois marches to Iowa to get a marriage license

When Lindsey O’Brien and Rachel Miller were denied a marriage license by the Rock Island County Clerk’s Office in Illinois, the couple, with their friends and family carrying rainbow flags, then marched across the Centennial Bridge to the Scott County Recorder’s Office in Iowa where they promptly received their marriage license.

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2,020 marriages of same-sex couples recorded in Iowa since last April

Out-of-staters made up 60 percent of same-sex couples married in Iowa since the freedom to marry became legal in April 2009, state officials reported Tuesday.

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Iowa’s nice, but Illinois representative wants to marry partner in Illinois

State Rep. Deb Mell said she wants nothing more than to marry her partner of nearly six years in her home state of Illinois. Mell — who six years ago turned to her father, Ald. Richard Mell, 33rd, to help her put a public face on families where a member is gay — plans to announce her engagement to Christin Baker on the House floor Wednesday.

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Guess who’s invited to dinner?

The Hearty Boys, a gay Chicago couple who once hosted a Food Network show, have invited former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee to come for dinner and see what gay family life is like.

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