Lambda Legal Freedom to Marry Reception - Chicago

Lambda Legal
9th Annual Freedom to Marry Reception
February 18, 2010 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th Street, Chicago, IL
With more than 60 community partner organizations and over 400 attendees, Freedom to Marry is one of the state’s favorite events that celebrates and advocates for the fight for marriage equality. [Link] Get tickets here.

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‘Marriage’ benefits costly for gay couples

Chicago Tribune
January 18, 2010

Across the country, there has been a surge in gay and lesbian couples making arrangements to protect themselves in states like Illinois that do not recognize the freedom to marry or civil unions. As the nation continues to fiercely debate marriage equality, some proponents cite the added financial burden in casting it as not just a civil rights issue but an issue of economic fairness. [Link]

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Marriage Equality a Key Social Issue in Illinois Governor’s Race

Chicago Tribune
December 27, 2009
In the crowded Illinois governor's race, only Democratic Comptroller Dan Hynes and Green Party candidate Rich Whitney support legalizing marriage equality, while Gov. Pat Quinn backs civil unions with the same rights as those of married straight couples. None of the seven Republican candidates supports the freedom to marry. [Link]

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Tobias Barrington Wolff:  A Test for LGBT Equality - Why I Support Dan Hynes for Illinois Governor

The Huffington Post
December 16, 2009
Democrats in Illinois are preparing to select their candidate for next year's race for Governor, and the primary election presents an important test in the fight for LGBT equality. Dan Hynes's candidacy can be a model for what a positive, pro-equality politics will look like in the Democratic Party. [Link] See video below:


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Marriage Equality Bill Introduced in Illinois Senate: Matches House Version

Equality Illinois
October 1, 2009
State Senator Heather Steans yesterday became the first Illinois Senator to introduce a marriage equality bill - SB2468 the Equal Marriage Act - in that chamber. HB178, the Same-Sex Marriage and Religion Freedoms Act. [Link]

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Another Prominent Democrat Speaks Out for the Freedom to Marry

Chicago Tribune - Change of Subject
September 21, 2009
Former Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman, who recently announced his intention to run in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary in February, recently issued a statement to the Chicago Tribune supporting marriage equality, the Respect for Marriage Act, and the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." [Link]

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Illinois Congressman Quigley Comes Out for Marriage Equality

Chicago Tribune
September 15, 2009
Last month it was U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias, the state treasurer, announcing his support for the freedom to marry. Today it's Northwest Side Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley sending out a press release expressing a similar view as he spoke out in favor of the Respect for Marriage Act of 2009 (RMA) –new legislation that would repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). [Link]

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Illinois state Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias takes stand in favor of marriage equality

Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias said Wednesday he favors legalization of same-sex marriage and, if elected, would seek to repeal a federal law that defines marriage as being between one man and one woman.

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Voice for Equality: Mayor Richard M. Daley

Richard M. Daley is a member of the national and local Democratic Party and current Mayor of Chicago, Illinois.

Mayor Daley was quoted in the Chicago Tribune on February 19, 2004 talking about marriage equality: "They love each other, just as much as anyone else. They believe that the benefits they don't have, they should have. And so I have a very open mind on it."

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Bride ban: Gay bar says ‘I don’t’ to bachelorettes

The Chicago Tribune
June 15, 2009
Bar owner Geno Zaharakis sat one busy evening at the window of his gay nightclub, watching as groups of straight women celebrating bachelorette parties made their way along a strip of bars in Chicago's gay-friendly "Boystown" neighborhood. That's when he made a decision now posted for all to see: "No Bachelorette Parties." "It is throwing it in our face that they can get married and we can't," said Dion Contreras, a 29-year-old Chicago litigation manager, while having a drink with friends. Evan Wolfson, Executive Director of Freedom to Marry, said while he agrees with Zaharakis' stand on marriage equality, he would express it differently. "I'd rather invite people in," Wolfson said. "Celebrate their happiness and ask them to take a stand for us by helping change the law." [Link]

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