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Clinton-responds-to-Chicago-couple

Clinton responds to Chicago couple - Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, during the week of May 13, reached out to the Chicago couple whose upcoming marriage was among the "life-changing" events that culminated with Clinton's presidential run announcement in an April online video. Jared Milrad and Nathan Johnson, who will be wed in a ceremony in Chicago this summer, appeared in the video, not knowing it was ...


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Ireland votes yes to marriage equaliy - In Ireland, voters have overwhelmingly approved marriage—making the Emerald Isle the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage through popular vote. The official results were announced May 23: 1,201,607 voted in favor of the referendum, while 734,300 voted against it. More than 60 percent of eligible voters turned out, including thousands who returned home from other countries. The ...


Study-Reactions-of-heterosexual-siblings-to-same-sex-marriage-advances-

Study: Reactions of heterosexual siblings to same-sex marriage advances - From a press release - LOS ANGELES — Advances in same-sex marriage impact family members to different degrees depending on how relevant those advances are to their own lives, according to a new report by researchers at Palo Alto University and the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. The study, titled "Windsor and Perry: Reactions of siblings in same-sex and heterosexual couples," is the ...


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Hinshaw & Culbertson hosts marriage debrief event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn; Kate Kendell, Esq., executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ); John Knight, director of the LGBT & AIDS Project at the American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU ); and Susan Sommer, Esq., national director of constitutional litigation for Lambda Legal were the featured speakers at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP's three ...


VIEWS-Getting-married

VIEWS Getting married - by Robyn + Michelle Lytle - On Dec. 13, 2014, we did something that's illegal in 14 states—we got married. We live in Chicago. We have supportive families and friends. We've never been made to feel uncomfortable or ashamed of our love or our sexual orientation. We walk down the street holding hands. We kiss in public. We refer to each other as "my wife" at ...


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MCC founding pastor presides at blessing of aame-gender couples in Cuba - From a press release - In another historic first for Metropolitan Community Churches ( MCC ), the Rev. Troy Perry, founder of MCC, was one of the presiding clergy at the first blessing of unions in Cuba. About a dozen couples pledged their love to each other as part of Cuba Pride on May 9, 2015. The Associated Press reported: Luis Enrique Mederos and his ...


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National roundup: Cleveland's pro-gay move; Hawaii's pro-trans law; trans teen's suicide - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Cleveland City Council approved a resolution supporting marriage equality in Ohio, On Top Magazine noted. Fourteen of the council's 16 members approved the resolution. "We're a city that recently held the Gay Games," Councilman Joe Cimperman told colleagues, "and showed everyone across the planet, from Paris to Zurich to San Francisco, why we're a welcoming city." Other Ohio cities ...


-Griner-Johnson-tie-the-knot

Griner, Johnson tie the knot - Just two weeks after WNBA star Brittney Griner and fiancee/fellow basketball player Glory Johnson were arrested on assault and disorderly-conduct allegations, the couple tied the knot in a ceremony in Phoenix, Arizona, USA Today reported. Griner and Johnson have been engaged since last August. Following her arrest, Griner pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and will attend domestic violence counseling. People.com ...


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Film about 1970s gay marriage screens May 16 with discussion - From a press release - Community Cinema, presented by the Independent Television Service ( ITVS ), Independent Lens, WTTW, together with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Center on Halsted, and Community Activism Law Alliance, announces an advance screening of Limited Partnership, a film by Thomas G. Miller and Kirk Marcolina. Limited Partnership uncovers the often untold history of the activism that ...


World-Nepal-outreach-U2-and-Russia-ban-Ecuadorean-civil-unions

World: Nepal outreach; U2 and Russia ban; Ecuadorean civil unions - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission ( IGLHRC ) is partnering with Nepal's pro-LGBT Blue Diamond Society ( BDS ) to help earthquake victims in that country. The earthquake already took the lives of two members of BDS, our allies, Kumari Bhujel and Jyoti Prakash, and many members of the LGBTI community are still missing, an email stated. ...


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Gay Qantas CEO talks marriage, diversity - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The out gay leader of one of Australia's biggest and most iconic companies says advocating for marriage equality helps support its diverse workforce, and also appeals to a broad costumer base, Same Same reported. At a business leaders function that the Australian Marriage Equality campaign organized, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said, "At Qantas, we call ourselves 'the spirit of Australia' ...


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Supreme Court deliberations continue in private - The U.S. Supreme Court has almost certainly made its decision about the right to marry for same-sex couples. The justices met in private conference Friday, May 1, and took a vote. They have until June 30 to issue their decision. Most legal observers who watched or listened to the oral arguments from April 28 in Obergefell v. Hodges, an appeal ...


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Marriage equality: The timeline - As the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the history of marriage equality nationally, here is a look at the marriage equality movement in Illinois, as well as nationally. This timeline is from the book The Fight for Marriage Equality in the Land of Lincoln, by Kate Sosin and Tracy Baim, published in 2014. 1953 August: ONE homosexual ...


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Marriage supporters gather in Chicago after Supreme Court hearings - Video below - On the evening of April 28, just after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments that will likely settle the issue of same-sex marriage bans, about four-dozen activists and community members gathered at Federal Plaza in Chicago for a press conference in support of marriage equality. A larger rally was planned but organizers said some people had gone to a demonstration ...


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Kirk takes part in rally outside Supreme Court hearing - U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk ( IL ) was the sole Republican politician speaking in favor of marriage equality at an April 28 rally that took place outside the United States Supreme Court while the court heard gay marriage arguments inside, Huffington Post reported. "When you walk up to this group, it's a pretty raucous left-wing group. I was taking a ...


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Celebrations: Mansfield-Weinstein married April 10 - David P. Mansfield, left, and Barry R. Weinstein were married April 10, 2015 ...


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Marriage-equality vigil in Crystal Lake - In light of the U.S. Supreme Court hearing on marriage equality, Crystal Lake's St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 210 McHenry Ave., will hold a vigil Tuesday, May 5, 7:30-8:30 p.m. A press release reads, "Please join us in prayer for and with the families and couples who will be affected by this decision." Contact Parishofc@stmaryepiscopal.org or call 815-459-1009. ...


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Book details Iowa's marriage path prior to Supreme Court arguments - With marriage equality sweeping the land and the U.S Supreme Court set to decide the issue later this summer, Iowa's 2009 same-sex marriage decision, Varnum v. Brien, might seem long-forgotten. But Tom Witosky and Marc Hansen felt that the first Midwest state to allow same-sex marriage had a story to tell. Their account of the landmark Iowa Supreme Court decision, ...


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Supreme Court hears marriage arguments; the wait begins - The very first question from the U.S. Supreme Court bench Tuesday morning was about the rights of states to regulate marriage and, though attorneys for same-sex couples tried numerous times to refocus attention to the damage that bans on same-sex marriage inflict on the rights of LGBT people, the focus stayed largely on states' rights throughout the historic argument. For ...


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Supreme Court hears arguments challenging same-sex marriage bans - From ACLU and Lambda Legal press releases - From ACLU WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments today in cases that challenge laws in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee barring same-sex couples from marrying and recognition of marriages of same-sex couples performed out of state. Today's hearing sets the stage for final resolution of the debate about marriage equality for lesbian and gay couples nationwide. The ...


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DeBoer, Rowse, Bonauto release statements on today's arguments in marriage cases - From a National Marriage Challenge press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, plaintiffs in four same-sex marriage cases presented oral arguments before the Supreme Court of the United States. DeBoer et al v. Snyder, filed by Michigan couple April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, asks the Court to establish whether the Constitution requires states to allow same-sex couples to marry. In court today, Mary Bonauto of Boston-based Gay & ...


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MOMBIAN Parents moving marriage forward - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on marriage equality on April 28—which has gotten me thinking about my own twisty road to marriage and the importance of parents in moving equality forward. In 2006, my spouse and I had been together for over 13 years and had a three-year-old son. We were living in New York, which ...


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Reports tout married same-sex couples - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Williams Institute has submitted the findings of two reports in a friend-of-the-court brief for Supreme Court same-sex marriage cases in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. The brief, filed March 6, is based on reports that show that same-sex married couples are far more likely to adopt or foster children than different-sex married couples and that married same-sex couples are ...


Study-Number-of-married-same-sex-couples-triples-one-in-six-in-non-marriage-states

Study: Number of married same-sex couples triples; one in six in non-marriage states - From a Williams Institute press release - LOS ANGELES — The number of legally married same-sex couples in the United States has tripled in the last year, according to a new poll released today by Gallup that was co-authored by Gary J. Gates, Blachford-Cooper Distinguished Scholar and Research Director at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, and Frank Newport, editor in chief of Gallup. The ...


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Oregon baker loses final round is bias case - PORTLAND, OR—On April 24, Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry ( BOLI ) completed its case against the Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple planning to marry. "This case struck a chord with many Oregonians because allowing businesses to deny goods and services to people because of who they ...


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Preview: Supreme Court argument April 28 - When the Supreme Court of the United States hears arguments next Tuesday about marriage for same-sex couples, there is much more on the line than whether states can ban the licensing and recognition of marriage for same-sex couples. The court could also decide what level of judicial scrutiny must be applied to laws that seek to disadvantage LGBT people. At ...


Tax-day-shows-inequality-for-legally-married-same-sex-couples

Tax day shows inequality for legally married same-sex couples - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Tomorrow's Internal Revenue Service ( IRS ) deadline for filing taxes can be a stark reminder for thousands of legally married same-sex couples of the inequality they face if they happen to live in a state that doesn't recognize their marriage. While they are able to file jointly at the federal level, tax day can be even more ...


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Report: Manilow married last year - After years of keeping their relationship secret, People.com confirmed that singer Barry Manilow married his longtime manager, Garry Kief, in a private ceremony in Palm Springs, California, last year. The affair was a surprise even to the couple's 20 to 30 guests, who attended what they thought was a lunch at Manilow's sprawling Palm Springs estate. Manilow's longtime friend and ...


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Study: Support for same-sex marriage rising in all 50 states - From a Williams Institute press release - LOS ANGELES — Public support for same-sex marriage has increased in all 50 states since 2004, especially in states that have legalized same-sex marriage, according to a report released today by researchers at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law and Drexel University. The report titled "Trends in Public Support for Marriage for Same-sex Couples by State" shows that ...


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Limited Partnership on Independent Lens, PBS, June 15 - From a press release - ( San Francisco, CA ) — Limited Partnership chronicles the 40-year love story between Filipino-American Richard Adams and his Australian husband, Tony Sullivan. In 1975, thanks to a courageous county clerk in Boulder, Colorado, Richard and Tony were one of the first same sex couples to be legally married in the world. Richard immediately filed for a green card for ...


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Chicago LGBTs gear up for supreme court decision - From a press release - CHICAGO — With the Supreme Court hosting oral arguments — really a debate between pro-LGBT and anti-LGBT attorneys — on April 28, pro-LGBT Chicagoans are joining activists around the country for rallies and vigils. Chicago's rally will be at 5 PM, Tuesday, April 28 at Federal Plaza, Adams and Dearborn Streets, and will be co-hosted by the Gay Liberation Network, ...


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Married same-sex couples denied health care benefits by employers - A March 2014 release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services pertaining to health care benefits for same-sex couples under the Affordable Care Act stated that beginning in 2015 "if an insurance company offers coverage to opposite-sex spouses, it cannot choose to deny that coverage to same-sex spouses. In other words, insurance companies will not be permitted to ...


Planner-pens-same-sex-wedding-organizer

Planner pens same-sex wedding organizer - With a background in playwriting, Jason Mitchell was having plays produced in New York City when he started to develop his career as an event planner. Weddings were his favorite of the many different events on which he worked. "Then, to my great surprise, I got engaged," he said, laughing. "I knew that I wasn't going to work with event ...


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Sign company offers custom decor for LGBT weddings - A Grand Rapids, Michigan-based company wants to be invited to your wedding. Grand River Signs is offering LGBT couples a 10 percent discount on personalized wedding décor as part of its new strategic direction and mission to help further LGBT equality. Russell Ramsay, owner of Grand River Signs, said he had no idea employee Todd Draves was gay until they ...


VIEWS-In-God-we-crust

VIEWS In God we crust - Gay people everywhere need to take a deep breath and brace themselves. I'm about to deliver some pretty bad news. See, there's a pizza place in a little Indiana town that doesn't want to cater your damn gay wedding. Shock! Outrage! Righteous indignation! Murmur! Murmur! Now take just a moment to steady your moral compasses before I continue. I have ...


Gov-Rauner-says-no-to-Indiana-travel-ban

Gov. Rauner says 'no' to Indiana travel ban - More cities and states have weighed in on SB 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, by issuing bans on nonessential state- or city-funded travel to Indiana. No such plans are presently in store for Illinois, however. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, calling the law "just wrong, plain and simple," said March 31 that Denver employees would not be travelling to the ...


Advocates-to-argue-in-Supreme-Court-marriage-cases-announced

Advocates to argue in Supreme Court marriage cases announced - From a press release - ( Washington, DC, March 31, 2015 )—Counsel for plaintiffs from the Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee marriage lawsuits today announced that Mary L. Bonauto and Doug Hallward-Driemeier will represent the plaintiffs at the cases' scheduled April 28 arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court. Bonauto will present arguments for question 1: "Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a State to license a ...


Reports-Married-same-sex-couples-more-likely-to-adopt

Reports: Married same-sex couples more likely to adopt - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On March 6, the Williams Institute submitted the findings of two reports in a friend-of-the-court brief for Supreme Court same-sex marriage cases in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. The reports show that same-sex married couples are far more likely to adopt or foster children than different-sex married couples. Married same-sex couples are more economically secure than same-sex unmarried couples. In ...


Campaign-looks-at-Social-Security-benefits-for-same-sex-couples

Campaign looks at Social Security benefits for same-sex couples - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In order to educate the LGBT community about its new rights under Social Security since the June 2013 Windsor Supreme Court decision, Ellen Morgenstern—director of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Foundation ( NCPSSM Foundation )—thought of an education campaign called the "Know Your Rights Initiative/California: Social Security and the LGBT Community." Morgenstern noted that the foundation ...


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Rainbow Wedding Network holds annual LGBT wedding expo - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Rainbow Wedding Network's annual "Same Love, Same Rights" LGBT wedding expo returned to Chicago for the seventh year in a row March 22 and for the first time ever, the Hard Rock Hotel served as the host sponsor and location of the event. "We love Chicago and are really excited to be here again," said Marianne Puechl, co-founder of Rainbow ...


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Puerto Rico no longer defending marriage ban - The Puerto Rican government announced March 20 that it will no longer defend the U.S. commonwealth's same-sex marriage ban, The Washington Blade noted. "Because of sexual orientation, Puerto Rico has denied rights that others enjoy," said Justice Minister Cesar Miranda during a press conference in San Juan. "This is not correct." The announcement coincided with a brief Gov. Alejandro Garcia ...


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A love affair to remember - It's 2015 and the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to issue a decision that could alter the course of the marriage equality movement—nationwide. Chicago couple of 13 years, Brian Thompson and Benjamin Rogers, are navigating the patchwork of state marriage laws just like so many other same-sex couples in the country, and they are hoping for swift and immediate action ...


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Hilton Orrington hosts first-ever bridal fair - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - More than 100 people attended Hilton Orrington's first-ever "North Shore Boutique Bridal Fair" in Evanston March 15. The event featured a fashion show with wedding dresses provided by Diana's Bridal Shop and Dame Couture and a raffle drawing as well as music by violinists Roxtette, the Bill Pollack Orchestra, string trio Hot Pink, guitarist Bryant Albert and DJ Rio Anderson. ...


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Puerto Rico may drop opposition to same-sex marriage - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( New York, NY, March 16, 2015 ) - After news outlets reported that the Puerto Rican government is considering withdrawing its support for the law banning marriage for same-sex couples, Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, Lambda Legal Staff Attorney issued the following statement: "We are encouraged that the government is reconsidering its defense of its discriminatory ban on the freedom to marry ...


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Supreme Ct. to hear marriage case April 28 - The U.S. Supreme Court announced that, on April 28, it will hear two and a half hours of oral argument on whether states can ban same-sex marriage. Audio transcripts of the argument will be released later that day, instead of at the end of the week ( the usual process ), USA Today noted. The case is coming to the ...


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Emanuel, Madigan join briefs for marriage equality - Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago joined Mayors for the Freedom to Marry and the U.S. Conference of Mayors in filing a friend-of-the-court ( amicus ) brief expressing their support of marriage equality for same-sex couples, and urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the federal court of appeals' ruling that gays and lesbians have no fundamental right ...


Gay-marriages-halted-in-Alabama

Gay marriages halted in Alabama - In the latest development in the tug-of-war over marriage equality in Alabama, the state's supreme court ordered all the state's probate judges on March 3 to stop issuing marriages licenses to same-sex couples, according to NBC News. Several state and federal judges have gone back and forth over the issue, with the U.S. Supreme Court recently refusing to block a ...


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Potential advocates for marriage equality in the high court - Renowned Supreme Court advocate Ted Olson remembers the first time he had a chance to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court: He didn't take it. It was a First Amendment case about billboards in San Diego. Olson had been practicing law for 15 years, he had represented his clients from the start and they wanted him to argue ...


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Chamber of commerce hosts LGBT wedding expo - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - About 200 people attended the Chicago Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce ( GL Chamber ) second annual LGBT wedding expo at the GL Chamber offices March 7. Attendees perused the vendor's wares ahead of remarks by Lambda Legal's Midwest Regional Director Jim Bennett. Bennett spoke about the work that Lambda Legal does to secure LGBT equality and the ...


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World news: Slovenia OKs marriage; McKellen aims to save gay pub - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Slovenia has become the 11th European Union country to approve same-sex marriage, according to Euronews. The parliament passed the measure by a vote of 51 to 28. Deputies have also voted in favor of legalizing adoption by gay and lesbian couples. Worldwide, Slovenia will become the 21st country to legalize same-sex marriage once the president signs the bill. In China, ...


-National-roundup-Supreme-Court-and-marriage-trans-inmate-motion

National roundup: Supreme Court and marriage; trans-inmate motion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign announced that more than 200,000 people from all 50 states as well as Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands joined as signatories on its unprecedented "The People's Brief" in support of marriage equality, according to a press release. Authored by attorney Roberta Kaplan—who successfully defeated the key section of The Defense of ...


Freedom-to-Marry-files-amicus-brief-for-US-Supreme-Court

Freedom to Marry files amicus brief for U.S. Supreme Court - From a press release - New York — Today, with former U.S. Solicitor General Walter Dellinger of O'Melveny & Myers as counsel of record, Freedom to Marry is filing a friend-of-the-court brief in support of marriage cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. The brief argues that sexual orientation discrimination should be presumed unconstitutional, even in the absence of explicit judicial heightened scrutiny, and that because ...


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IL Atty Gen. Lisa Madigan joins amicus brief for marriage equality - From a press release - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined a coalition of states in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that the Constitution requires marriage equality nationwide. The brief was filed in conjunction with challenges to the state laws in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee that ban marriages between same-sex couples and refuse to recognize same-sex marriages lawfully licensed ...


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Emanuel, City of Chicago join other mayors backing marriage equality - From a press release - Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago today joined Mayors for the Freedom to Marry and the U.S. Conference of Mayors in filing a friend of the Court ( amicus ) brief expressing their support of marriage equality for same-sex couples, and urging the Supreme Court to reverse the federal court of appeals' ruling that gays and lesbians, unlike ...


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Supreme Court to hear marriage equality cases on April 28, 2015 - From press releases - From Lambda Legal Washington (March 5, 2015) — The U.S. Supreme Court today announced it has scheduled argument for the marriage cases on Tuesday, April 28, at 10:00am. The cases the Court will hear include two Ohio cases litigated by Lambda Legal, the ACLU and Gerhardstein & Branch. Susan Sommer, Director of Constitutional Litigation at Lambda Legal, issued the ...


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Report shows 700,000 Americans part of a same-sex couple - From a press release - LOS ANGELES — According to Williams Institute Research Director Gary Gates' assessment of a new preliminary estimate from Gallup, the number of legally married same-sex couples in the United States has more than doubled over the last year. The new figures suggest that, as of February 2015, more than 700,000 Americans are part of a married same-sex couple, implying that ...


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AMPA to SCOTUS: Marriage inequality harms military families - From a American Military Partner Association press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ), the nation's largest organization of LGBT military families, filed a joint brief to the Supreme Court of the United States in the case being considered that could lead to nationwide marriage equality. In the brief, AMPA and OutServe-SLDN argue that the uneven patchwork of states providing marriage equality ...


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People's brief for marriage equality to go to Supreme Court - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign announced that 207,551 Americans from all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands have joined as signatories on its unprecedented "The People's Brief" in support of marriage equality. Authored by prominent lawyer Roberta Kaplan, who successfully defeated the key section of The Defense of Marriage ...


Gay-marriages-halted-in-Alabama

Gay marriages halted in Alabama - In the latest development in the tug-of-war over marriage equality in Alabama, the state's supreme court ordered all the state's probate judges on March 3 to stop issuing marriages licenses to same-sex couples, according to NBC News. Several state and federal judges have gone back and forth over the issue, with the U.S. Supreme Court recently refusing to block a ...


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National news shorts: Wedding in Texas; Autopsy, report differ; Gay priest dies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lesbian couple weds in Texas The Texas Supreme Court has issued an emergency order blocking gay couples from obtaining marriage licenses after a lesbian couple wed in Austin, according to NBC Dallas/Fort Worth. The Feb. 19 ruling does not invalidate the marriage of the two women who were allowed to marry hours earlier based on a one-time court order issued ...


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Tennessee couples ask Supreme Court to end checkerboard of marriage laws - From a press release - ( Washington D.C., February 27, 2015 )—Three couples challenging Tennessee's marriage ban filed a brief in the Supreme Court of the United States today, asking the Court to rule that same-sex couples have the freedom to marry and thereby put an end to "a checkerboard nation in which same-sex couples' marriages are dissolved and reestablished as they travel or move ...


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Ohio marriage case brief filed at U.S. Supreme Court - From a press release - ( Washington, February 27, 2015 ) - Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU ) and Ohio-based Gerhardstein & Branch today filed their brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Henry v. Hodges and Obergefell v. Hodges arguing that Ohio's ban on recognizing the legal marriages of same-sex couples violates the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of ...


A-year-of-marriage-equality-shows-high-demand-diversity

A year of marriage equality shows high demand, diversity - On Feb. 18, the Cook County Clerk's office released a report providing data from one year of same-sex marriage in Cook County. The report shows a high number of marriage licenses and also shows great diversity in the gender, age, race, occupation and area of residence of these marriages. Cook County Clerk David Orr was granted clearance to issue marriage ...


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New rule defining spouse in Family and Medical Leave Act could impact 118,000 - From a Williams Institute press release - The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that eligible workers in legal same-sex marriages will be able to take federal job-protected family and medical leave to care for their spouse or family member, regardless of where they live. The Final Rule amends the regulatory definition of spouse under the Family Medical Leave Act ( FMLA ) and extends these rights ...


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DoL extends Family and Medical Leave Act to same-sex spouses - From a press release - The Family Equality Council applauds the Department of Labor's issuance today of a final rule change extending access to job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act ( FMLA ) to employees with same-sex spouses regardless of where in the country they live. Under the old rule, the FMLA required that an employee live in a state that recognized ...


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Lesbian couple weds in Texas - The Texas Supreme Court has issued an emergency order blocking gay couples from obtaining marriage licenses after a lesbian couple wed in Austin, according to NBC Dallas/Fort Worth. The Feb. 19 ruling does not invalidate the marriage of the two women who were allowed to marry hours earlier based on a one-time court order issued for health reasons. One of ...


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Looming dilemma: Choosing an advocate - Just beyond the February 27 deadline for filing their briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court to lay out their arguments against state bans on marriage for same-sex couples, the 36 attorneys signed onto those briefs have another looming task. They must choose who will go before the nine justices in April to deliver the arguments orally. The event will be ...


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VIEWS LGBT parenting is a reproductive justice issue - Reproductive Justice at the Intersections, a recurring column - In 2002 there was heavy media coverage on a case that sent ripples around the country. Many LGBT families felt the impact and the possible implications it could have had for many of their own families. Steven Lofton and Roger Croteau, foster parents and a same-sex couple, gained national attention when they tried to formally adopt a 10-year-old boy they ...


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WINDY CITY TIMES WEDDING GUIDE Business Listings - ACCOMMODATIONS see also VENUES Lang House Bed & Breakfast 7421 N. Sheridan Rd. 773-764-9851 www.langhousechicago.com info@langhousechicago.com The Lang House Bed & Breakfast, built in 1919, is honored to support the LBGT community. Lang House is the perfect venue for indoor, outdoor, nearby beach weddings, or receptions. We have special offers; call for details. BAKERIES Roeser's Bakery and Party ...


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Same-sex divorce: When there isn't a happily ever after - When marriage equality took effect across Illinois last year, there were those who jubilantly rushed to the courthouse to finally have their love validated by the state. There is cautious optimism that by the end of its 2015 session, the United States Supreme Court will have ushered in scenes similar to those that took place at the Daley Center on ...


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Border crossing: Couple's story of love, marriage, immigration - Matt and I met online in Autumn of 2005 on Livejournal, the original personal blogging site. He randomly commented on a picture I posted, and we got to talking. At that point in our lives, we were both university students; I was attending Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, and he was attending Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, ...


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HRC Arkansas to gov: Veto SB202 - From a press release - Little Rock— Today, HRC Arkansas calls on Governor Asa Hutchinson to exercise his executive powers and veto Senate Bill 202 ( SB202 ), which would prohibit municipalities from enacting nondiscrimination ordinances that protect LGBT people. Anti-LGBT Arkansas State Senator Bart Hester is sponsor of SB202, the "Intrastate Commerce Improvement Act". If SB202 takes effect, Arkansas cities will lose their ability ...


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World: Nepal and marriage; mob attacks gay man; Nick Jonas in Sydney - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nepal should legalize gay marriage, says a committee charged with implementing a 2007 Supreme Court ruling to improve LGBTI rights in the south Asian country, Gay Star News reported. The committee, led by former Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Population Laxmi Raj Pathak, finally submitted its report more than four years after its formation. The committee also advised ...


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New poll shows 60 percent of likely voters support marriage equality - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign, ( HRC ) released the results from a new national poll commissioned to gauge voter attitudes ahead of a Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality. The survey showed support for marriage equality continues to expand and that there is virtually no public support for the opponents of marriage equality who have encouraged the ...


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New GLAAD report maps long road to full LGBT acceptance - From a press release - GLAAD surveys conducted by Harris Poll show some Americans still 'very uncomfortable' with LGBT families and co-workers GLAAD has released "Accelerating Acceptance," based on two surveys — conducted on GLAAD's behalf by Harris Poll - which reveal some non-LGBT Americans still report substantial levels of discomfort with LGBT co-workers, family, and neighbors, despite historic legal progress for marriage equality. The ...







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