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-Miami-court-rules-in-favor-of-marriage-equality-in-Florida

Miami court rules in favor of marriage equality in Florida - From a press release - ( Miami, FL, July 25, 2014 )—Today, a state trial court in Miami issued a decision striking down Florida's ban on marriage for same-sex couples and ordering Miami-Dade County to allow same-sex couples to marry. The court stayed the order pending appeal. The case was brought by Equality Florida Institute and Catherina Pareto and Karla Arguello, Dr. Juan Carlos Rodriguez ...


Colorado-marriage-ban-overturned-by-Federal-Court

Colorado marriage ban overturned by Federal Court - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore ruled against Colorado's constitutional amendment banning marriage equality. In Burns v. Hickenlooper, attorneys with Kilmer, Lane and Newman, LLP sued the state on behalf of six same-sex couples who argue that Colorado's ban on marriage equality violates the U.S. Constitution. Judge Moore stayed his ruling until August 25 to allow the ...


10th-Circuit-affirms-marriage-equality-for-Oklahomans

10th Circuit affirms marriage equality for Oklahomans - 17th consecutive federal court ruling in favor of marriage equality - From Press Releases Statement from ACLU of Oklahoma OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma joins numerous Oklahomans and their families in celebrating the latest victory for marriage equality in Oklahoma and throughout the United States. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, in the case of Bishop v. Smith, affirmed an Oklahoma Federal District ...


Supreme-Court-grants-stay-in-Utah-marriage-case

Supreme Court grants stay in Utah marriage case - From a press release - NEW YORK — The U.S. Supreme Court has granted an emergency stay requested by Utah governor in Evans v. Utah. The district court had issued an injunction requiring Utah to immediately recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who were married between December 23, 2013 and January 6, 2014 when a court struck down Utah's marriage bans as unconstitutional. The Supreme ...


Florida-state-court-rules-marriage-ban-unconstitutional-

Florida state court rules marriage ban unconstitutional - From press releases - Equality Florida Institute (Miami, FL, July 17, 2014)—Today, a state trial court in Monroe County issued a decision striking down Florida's ban on marriage for same-sex couples and ordering Monroe County to allow same-sex couples to marry. The Court's order provides that the Monroe County Clerk can begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on July 22, 2014. Said Nadine ...


Program-to-look-at-fertility-options-for-lesbians

Program to look at fertility options for lesbians - From a press release - The American Fertility Association ( The AFA ) is hosting a free, educational event about pregnancy and family-building options for lesbians in Chicago. Gay Women's Gathering will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 6::30 p.m. at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark, Chicago. Faculty for the event include Dr. Laurence Jacobs of Fertility Centers of Illinois, Scott Brown of ...


Colorado-marriage-ban-struck-down-in-state-court

Colorado marriage ban struck down in state court - From a news release - WASHINGTON — Today Adams County District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree ruled against Colorado's constitutional amendment banning marriage equality, making the Centennial State the latest to see such a ban struck down in court since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its historic marriage rulings last June. In Brinkman v. Long, attorneys from Wilcox & Ogden, P.C. and Thomas Russell ...


Ind-governor-wont-recognize-marriage-equality

Ind. governor won't recognize marriage equality - From a news release - INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers Unite for Marriage ( HUM ), a statewide effort dedicated to moving marriage forward for all loving and committed couples, issued the following response Gov. Mike Pence's decision today not to recognize the legal marriages of Hoosier couples who said their vows during the three-day window when same-sex marriage was legal in Indiana: The statement may be ...


High-profile-expansion-for-Rony-Tennenbaum-Jewelry

High profile expansion for Rony Tennenbaum Jewelry - One of the largest, family-owned jewelry chains in the country, Rogers & Hollands, has made a move to reach the LGBT community according to openly gay jewelery designer Rony Tennenbaum. Rogers & Hollands announced it is adding a new wedding jewelry collection created to celebrate marriage and equality—through the addition of Rony Tennenbaum's Jewelry collection—to its bridal cases in both ...


Ald-Deb-Mell-announces-marriage-ending-on-Twitter-

Ald. Deb Mell announces marriage ending on Twitter - Chicago Ald. Deb Mell, who has passionately fought for marriage equality as a state representative and activist, announced that her marriage to Christin Mell is ending. The announcement came via Twitter and Facebook: "Dear Friends, It is with great sadness I tell you my marriage with Christin has ended. As you know divorce is painful, therefore we ask for privacy ...


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Married same-sex couples to receive FMLA benefits - The U.S. Labor Department has stated that married same-sex couples nationwide will soon have access to emergency-leave benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act ( FMLA ). Labor Department officials issued a proposed rule that would expand the definition of "spouse" under the FMLA to include all legally married gay and lesbian couples, regardless of their state of residence. ...


Fed-Appeals-Court-grants-stay-protects-an-Indiana-marriage

Fed Appeals Court grants stay, protects an Indiana marriage - From a press release - "It is time for the State of Indiana to leave Niki and Amy in peace and not subject them and their marriage to any more stress and uncertainty as this case proceeds." ( Evansville, IN, July 1, 2014 ) — Today, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order compelling the State of Indiana to recognize the marriage of ...


Kentucky-marriage-ban-struck-down-by-federal-judge

Kentucky marriage ban struck down by federal judge - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II issued his second marriage equality ruling in recent months, this time striking down Kentucky's prohibition on the performance of marriages between same-sex couples. In Love v. Beshear, two same-sex couples in Kentucky sued the state, arguing that Kentucky's refusal to grant them marriage licenses violates the U.S. Constitution. In his ...


Republican-backs-marriage-rulings-in-CO-UT-KY

Republican backs marriage; rulings in CO, UT, KY - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - \On the heels of receiving the Human Rights Campaign's ( HRC's ) endorsement in her re-election race, Susan Collins of Maine has become the fourth Republican U.S. senator to publicly endorse marriage equality, Advocate.com noted. She joins Rob Portman of Ohio, Mark Kirk of Illinois and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska as Republican senators on the side of marriage equality. There ...


Lambda-Legal-files-emergency-motion-in-Indiana

Lambda Legal files emergency motion in Indiana - From a press release - ( Evansville, IN, June 30, 2014 ) - Lambda Legal filed papers with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals asking the court on an emergency basis to recognize the marriage of Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler while the case proceeds, because Niki battles Stage IV ovarian cancer. The stay was issued last week and prevents further marriages of same-sex couples ...


Stay-issued-in-Indiana-marriage-fight

Stay issued in Indiana marriage fight - - A federal appeals court on June 27 issued an order putting a halt to gay marriages in Indiana. The ruling came just two days after U.S. District Court Judge Richard Young handed down a decision that said the state's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller appealed Young's ruling June 27 in the 7th U.S. Circuit Court ...


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Holy Trinity hosts gay marriage event - Capping off a month of pride festivities, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church hosted its first marriage equality service for a number of couples June 27. AJ Yoeckel and Sean Diller exchanged vows for the first time and 17 other couples, both gay and straight, renewed their vows from earlier marriages, civil unions or commitment ceremonies in front of about 200 family, ...


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Holy Trinity holding mass marriage service - A marriage-equality service will be held Friday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1218 W. Addison St. A gay couple will be married and 16 couples, both same- and opposite-sex, will renew vows from earlier marriages, civil unions or commitment services. The Rev. Wayne Miller of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in ...


Presbyterians-allowing-marriage-equality

Presbyterians allowing marriage equality - On the same day as marriage-equality detractors marched on the nation's capital to defend traditional marriage, the Presbyterian Church ( USA ) took a more inclusive stand. Meeting in Detroit, Michigan, commissioners to the mainline Protestant denomination's General Assembly approved, on June 19, to change the Book of Order's definition of marriage from a "man and woman" to "two people." ...


Federal-Judge-rules-Indiana-marriage-ban-unconstitutional

Federal Judge rules Indiana marriage ban unconstitutional - From news releases - From ACLU INDIANAPOLIS — A federal judge ruled that Indiana's law banning marriage for same-sex couples, as well as its ban on recognition of marriages between same-sex couples performed outside of the state, is unconstitutional. Today's ruling encompassed three separate cases: Baskin vs. Bogan, Fujii v. Governor, and Lee v. Pence. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, the national ...


Tenth-Circuit-rules-in-favor-of-freedom-to-marry-in-Utah-

Tenth Circuit rules in favor of freedom to marry in Utah - From press releases - From ACLU DENVER — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit declared that Utah's ban on marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional. This marks the first time that an appellate-level court has ruled on state marriage bans following the dismantling of a key section of the federal "Defense of Marriage Act ( DOMA )," and sets the stage ...


Tenth-Circuit-agrees-Utah-ban-unconstitutional

Tenth Circuit agrees Utah ban unconstitutional - Saying that it "emphatically agrees" with numerous court decisions in the past year that have struck down bans on same-sex couples marrying, a three-judge panel of the Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals voted 2 to 1 Wednesday to uphold a lower court decision striking down Utah's ban Wednesday as unconstitutional. The majority said "it is wholly illogical to believe ...


Federal-judges-say-Ind-Utah-marriage-bans-unconstitutional

Federal judges say Ind., Utah marriage bans unconstitutional - Gay marriage supporters in Utah and Indiana got good news June 25 as federal courts issued two rulings with far-reaching implications for marriage equality. In Denver, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled that Utah's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, holding up a lower-court's ruling in December. Meanwhile, a federal judge ruled that Indiana's law banning ...


World-news-Developments-in-Uganda-Luxembourg-passes-marriage

World news: Developments in Uganda; Luxembourg passes marriage - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Uganda's government institutions will lose U.S. funding as punishment for enacting a law that makes some same-sex acts punishable by life in prison. In addition, the White House said Thursday that Washington will cancel a planned military exercise with Uganda and deny entry to certain Ugandan citizens, including those "involved in serious human rights abuses, including against LGBT individuals." However, ...


Marriage-ruling-for-four-states-robbers-target-trans-women

Marriage ruling for four states; robbers target trans women - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A federal appeals court will hear arguments in gay marriage fights in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee in a single session, setting the stage for historic rulings in each state, according to The Detroit News. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, scheduled arguments in five cases from the four states for Aug. 6. Although the ...


Neubeckers-wed

Neubeckers wed - Lee Michael Neubecker and David Wesley Greer Neubecker celebrated their Illinois marriage in a ceremony June 21 at Unity Temple in Oak Park. The minister was Reverend Emily Gage. The couple's children, Braiden and Michael, were part of the ceremony, as were Lee's parents Mike and Janice. There was music and a gathering of stones, and the traditional vows and ...


ASGK-wins-awards-for-marriage-campaign-

ASGK wins awards for marriage campaign - Chicago-based ASGK Public Strategies has been recognized for by two public relations organizations for their work on the Illinois Unites for Marriage Campaign. In the months leading up to the House vote on gay marriage in Novmeber, ASGK oversaw media relations and strategy, message development, campaign and logo branding, advertising and community outreach. The Publicity Club of Chicago honored the ...


Lawrence-Windsor-mark-anniversaries

Lawrence, Windsor mark anniversaries - Extended for on online edition of Windy City Times - June 26 is the most historic date on the LGBT civil-rights movement's calendar. It is the day in 2003 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not enforce laws prohibiting same-sex adults from having intimate relations. It is the day in 2013 when a Supreme Court procedural ruling enabled same-sex couples to marry in California. And it is ...


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Holder outlines post-Windsor case federal response - From a press release - WASHINGTON—Following the Supreme Court's historic decision striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday issued a formal report on the yearlong effort by the Justice Department and other federal agencies to implement the decision smoothly across the entire government. "I am pleased to report that agencies across the federal government have implemented ...


Labor-proposal-may-extend-FMLA-to-all-eligible-employees-

Labor proposal may extend FMLA to all eligible employees - From a press release - WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced today a proposed rule extending the protections of the Family and Medical Leave Act to all eligible employees in legal same-sex marriages regardless of where they live. The proposal would help ensure that all families will have the flexibility to deal with serious medical and family situations without fearing the ...


Social-Security-defines-couples-policy-

Social Security defines couples policy - From the White House - Social Security has published new instructions that allow the agency to process more claims in which entitlement or eligibility is affected by a same-sex relationship. These instructions come in response to last year's Supreme Court decision in U.S. vs. Windsor, which found Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. This latest policy development lets the agency recognize some ...


Presbyterian-Church-USA-affirms-same-sex-marriage

Presbyterian Church USA affirms same-sex marriage - The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA ( PCUSA ), a church with nearly 2 million member, made history on June 19 in by affirming the marriages of same-sex couples. By a 71 percent-29 percent vote ( 429-175 ), the General Assembly passed an amendment to change the description of marriage in the PCUSA church constitution from a relationship ...


Luxembourg-passes-Marriage-Equality-Legislation

Luxembourg passes Marriage Equality Legislation - From a press release - WASHINGTON —— The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) today commended the government of Luxembourg for passing legislation that will make it the 19th nation to grant full marriage rights to all of its citizens. "We commend the leaders of Luxembourg for granting the nation's LGBT citizens the rights they deserve, and we congratulate the LGBT activists and advocates who ...


June-26-historic-date-for-LGBT-civil-rights-movement-

June 26 historic date for LGBT civil rights movement - June 26 is the most historic date on the LGBT civil rights movement's calendar. It is the day in 2003 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not enforce laws prohibiting same-sex adults from having intimate relations. It is the day in 2013 when a Supreme Court procedural ruling enabled same-sex couples to marry in California. And it ...


Federal-judge-orders-a-stay-on-Wisconsin-marriages-

Federal judge orders a stay on Wisconsin marriages - Marriage equality supporters in Wisconsin received the disappointing, yet expected, news June 13 that same-sex marriages had to be put on hold. U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb issued the directive one week after a previous ruling said the state's marriage ban—approved by 59% of the state's voters in a 2006 referendum—was unconstitutional. The ruling ended what was a frenzied ...


Coalition-launches-Hoosiers-Unite-for-Marriage

Coalition launches Hoosiers Unite for Marriage - From a press release - INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers Unite for Marriage, a bipartisan public education campaign dedicated to lifting the voices of loving and committed couples in support of the freedom to marry, launched today. In partnership with Liberty Indiana, the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and Freedom to Marry, Hoosiers Unite for Marriage will build on the conversations that are happening across Indiana ...


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Etheridge marries; R. Kelly's trans* child; Whitney movie news - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer Melissa Etheridge, 53, married Linda Wallem, her fiancee of nearly a year and the creator of the show Nurse Jackie, on May 31 at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California, People.com reported. All four of Etheridge's children participated in the wedding: Bailey Jean, 17; Beckett, 15; and twins Miller Steven and Johnnie Rose, 7. Among those also looking on ...


Marriage-Equality-Symposium-at-Advocate-Illinois-Masonic-

Marriage Equality Symposium at Advocate Illinois Masonic - From a news release - What Does Marriage Equality Mean for My Health Care? Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center will offer a free Marriage Equality Symposium to learn about health care rights in light of Illinois marriage equality. This important event brings together legal and health care experts to answer all your questions regarding the history and future of health, access and equality. Expert panelists ...


County-issues-600-licenses-in-first-week-of-equal-marriage

County issues 600 licenses in first week of equal marriage - The Cook County Clerk's Office issued about 600 marriage licenses in the first week after the Religious Freedom and Marriage Equality Act took effect in Illinois, according to officials. Office Deputy Communications Director James Scalzitti told Windy City Times that there were about 195 "new" marriage licenses issued the week of June 2-6. About 115 of those were issued in ...


McHenry-County-church-marks-marriage-equality-with-ceremonies

McHenry County church marks marriage equality with ceremonies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - To celebrate marriage equality in Illinois, the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation in McHenry hosted a special church service and wedding ceremony for four McHenry County lesbian couples June 8. The couples—Jodi Kuperman and Megan Meyer, Theresa Castino and Mary Kuhn, Gale Harris and Deb Glaubke, and Mary Fleming and Barb Oesterle—exchanged vows in front of about 175 family, ...


Male-tennis-player-hires-French-lesbian-Torontos-welcome-

Male tennis player hires French lesbian; Toronto's welcome - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After spending his youth being coached by his mother, pro Scottish tennis player Andy Murray is turning to another woman to help him defend his Wimbledon title: former top-ranked Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo, according to ESPN.com. The tournament at the All England Club starts on June 23. Mauresmo, an out lesbian, won her first at the Australian Open in 2006, and ...


Supreme-Court-Another-month-of-major-moments

Supreme Court: Another month of 'major moments' - Legal activists brace for religious ruling - June is the final month of the U.S. Supreme Court's current session and, while anticipation is not nearly so great this year for the LGBT community as it was last year, there is some concern in the air. Last year, the wait was about marriage: whether the Supreme Court would declare the Defense of Marriage Act and California's ban on ...


Forum-Marriage-changing-gays-or-gays-changing-marriage

Forum: Marriage changing gays or gays changing marriage - A forum sponsored by Northwestern University's Family Institute and held at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., June 5 addressed the changing implications of the marriage institution as gays and lesbians gain access to marriage rights. Taking part in the panel were Dr. Cheryl Rampage, a licensed clinical psychologist and executive vice president of The Family Insitute; Licensed Clinical ...


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CELEBRATIONS Gay siblings marry partners in double wedding - A South Loop wedding June 2 was a double treat for the Simmons family. Julia Simmons and her brother Howard married their partners Barbara Kay and Charles Stephan, respectively, at the Keith House in Chicago, the day after same-sex marriages became legal in all Illinois counties. Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke officiated the ceremony, her second since a court ...


Lawsuits-filed-in-every-state-without-the-freedom-to-marry

Lawsuits filed in every state without the freedom to marry - ND 31st, final non-equal state now has lawsuit - From a press release New York — Today, seven committed same-sex couples are suing the state of North Dakota in federal court for the freedom to marry. With the addition of North Dakota, every U.S. state without the freedom to marry has at least one active marriage lawsuit. Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, released the following statement: "With ...


Federal-Court-strikes-down-Wisconsin-marriage-ban

Federal Court strikes down Wisconsin marriage ban - On June 6, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled that Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional—to the delight of gay couples who immediately began rushing to county offices to wed as word of the ruling spread. The ruling marked the latest in a string of decisions by federal judges who have struck down marriage-equality bans in a number of states, ...


McHenry-County-church-to-celebrate-marriage-equality

McHenry County church to celebrate marriage equality - From a press release - Five McHenry County couples will be joined in marriage at a wedding and special service celebrating Marriage Equality at Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 56503 Bull Valley Rd., McHenry, on June 8 at 10:45 a.m. The Rev. Sean Parker Dennison will officiate and each couple will have a personal co-offciant for their unique exchanges of vows. After the wedding ...


The-marrying-kind

The marrying kind - Marriage equality in Illinois June 1 - There were multiple marriages right before and after the marriage equality law went into effect in Illinois June 1. Some people converted their civil unions to marriages, and others married for the first time. In addition to private ceremonies, there were a few big public celebrations, including at the Field Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Unity in Chicago, United ...


Supreme-Court-allows-Oregon-marriages-to-continue-

Supreme Court allows Oregon marriages to continue - From a press release - WASHINGTON —The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to halt new marriages between same-sex couples in Oregon. The National Organization for Marriage ( NOM ), sought a stay of a lower court's decision allowing marriages to take place, and after the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals denied a similar request two weeks ago. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and ...


Wedding-bliss-with-a-BBQ-twist

Wedding bliss, with a BBQ twist - Scott Macdonald and Jason Eliason have hosted a BBQ every year for the past decade or so in conjunction with Midsommarfest, held every June in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. They live together in Edgewater Glen, a few blocks north of Andersonville, so, come dusk, they'd lead the crew to the Midsommarfest street party. Their 2014 Midsommarfest BBQ will be quite the ...


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Darby and Bova among MCA weddings - Jim Darby and Patrick Bova, two longtime gay activists who were part of the legal and political fight for marriage equality in Illinois, were wed as part of a series of weddings held June 2 at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Gov. Pat Quinn, who signed the marriage equality bill into law last Nov. 20, was at the ceremony, which ...


-Advocates-decry-Rauners-marriage-stance

Advocates decry Rauner's marriage stance - Representatives from Equality Illinois, The Civil Rights Agenda and Illinois Unites for Marriage held a press conference June 2 to raise questions on Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's stance on same-sex marriage—or lack thereof. At a November Tea Party speaking engagement in Quincy, Illinois, Rauner, who has usually tried to frame himself as a social moderate, said that he would ...


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120 civil unions converted first full day of equal marriage - Press release from Cook County Clerk David Orr. A dozen same-sex couples were in line Monday morning as Cook County Clerk David Orr opened his downtown vital records office on the first day of marriage equality in Illinois. Additional photos at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-06-02&AGALLERY=OrrCivilUChosen . "This is the day we have been looking forward to all along," Orr said, ...


Our-Destination-Full-of-Hope-Marriage-Equality-in-Illinois

Our Destination Full of Hope: Marriage Equality in Illinois - By Illinois Governor Pat Quinn - The much-loved poet Dr. Maya Angelou once wrote, "Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope." It is that unrelenting power of love that unfolded during our fight for marriage equality in Illinois. In the end, we succeeded in ensuring this civil right for all couples and put Illinois ...


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Couples exchange vows at Married in Unity - Video links below - On the first day of marriage equality throughout the state of Illinois June 1, Unity in Chicago hosted "Married in Unity," an all-inclusive, non-denominational group wedding ceremony in the Unity garden at the church. Rev. Heidi Alfrey, the church's senior minister, officiated the ceremony for forty same- and opposite-sex couples. Among them were couples making commitments without legal documentation and ...


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United Latino Pride celebrates with four weddings - Kicking off the fifth annual United Latino Pride Week the organization known as United Latino Pride held a marriage celebration event June 1 at the Chicago Urban Arts Society. Four couples were wed in a public ceremony at the venue on Cermak Road. Janet Cecil with Juanita Gonzalez, Neida I. Alvarado with Jacqueline Gonzalez, Anita Ortega with Christina L. Ayala, ...


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Harris, Steans, Osterman celebrate marriage equality - State Rep. Greg Harris and state Sen. Heather Steans joined 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman June 1 at Kathy Osterman Beach to celebrate the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act at last taking effect in Illinois. "Love won out," said Steans. "A lot changed in a very short amount of time, and that was led, I think, by the very ...


CELEBRATION-Hooppaw-and-Tirilli-to-marry

CELEBRATION: Hooppaw and Tirilli to marry - Thomas "Lindsey" Hooppaw and Jeff Tirilli are announcing their marriage, set for June 2, 2014. Because of the Illinois law, they will be able to keep their 11-11-11 civil union date as their anniversary date. Photo by Mike the Great Photo Guy ...


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Uninsured newlyweds can access Marketplace - Healthcare advocates want Illinois' LGBT community to know there is one other advantage to marriage equality taking effect in Illinois—getting married is an opportunity for uninsured persons to acquire insurance via the Health Insurance Marketplace ( HIM ). "A special enrollment period is triggered by a life-changing event, such as having a baby, a new job, or getting married," said ...


Marriage-Equality-celebrated-at-the-Field-Museum

Marriage Equality celebrated at the Field Museum - With only 48 hours left before same-sex couples throughout Illinois can enjoy the freedom to marry, jubilant events across the city have matched a growing sense of excitement and accomplishment. At the Field Museum on May 29—surrounded by exhibits celebrating the evolution of both the natural world and humanity—people representing a cross-section of the LGBTQ community and their allies applauded ...


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Marriage forum by Northwestern at Center on Halsted - From a press release - May 14, 2014, Chicago, IL —As June 1st approaches, Illinois will join 18 states allowing same-sex couples to become legally married. This new law begs the questions: Are those couples better off once they've tied the knot? Will legal marriage somehow destroy the freedom and flexibility of creating relationships without the imposition of mainstream norms and expectations within the constraints ...


Marriages-to-start-in-Illinois-June-1

Marriages to start in Illinois June 1 - June 2014 won't just mark an ordinary gay-pride celebration for the LGBT community and their allies in Illinois—it's also the month that SB10, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Equality Act, takes effect throughout the state. Some LGBT Illinoisans have been able to marry legally in the state for several months—a federal judge ruled in February that the state's ban on ...


Community-prepares-for-marriage-law-to-kick-in

Community prepares for marriage law to kick in - June 2014 won't just mark an ordinary gay-pride celebration for the LGBT community and their allies in Illinois—it's also the month that SB10, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Equality Act, takes effect throughout the state. Some LGBT Illinoisans have been able to marry legally in the state for several months—a federal judge ruled in February that the state's ban on ...


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A Church 4 Me MCC presents musical celebration of marriage - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL - A Church 4 Me MCC is proud to present "At Last..A Musical Celebration of Marriage Equality in Illinois." The show was created by our own music director Michael McBride and features some of the best cabaret and theater performing artists in Chicago. "At Last…" will perform on Friday, May 30th from 6:30 — 9:30 pm at Atmosphere ...


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ULP to host wedding celebration, honor IL marriage equality - From a press release - Chicago, IL — In less than two weeks, couples all over the state of Illinois will be able to marry, regardless of gender. To celebrate this triumph and to kick-off the 5th annual United Latino Pride Week, United Latino Pride ( ULP ) and Lambda Legal, in conjunction with various other community partners and businesses, will hold a large wedding ...


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Alderman Osterman to hosh interfaith marriage celebration - From a press release - Harry Osterman Alderman, 48th Ward is to host a community celebration and an interfaith marriage blessing in honor of the first day of marriage equality in Illinois. The event will take place Sunday, June 1, 2014, 1:00pm - 5:00pm at the Kathy Osterman Beach, 5800 N. Lake Shore. There will be a mini-reception at Nacho Mama's Beach Bar featuring performances ...


-Celebration-of-marriage-at-MCA-on-June-2

Celebration of marriage at MCA on June 2 - On Monday, June 2, the Museum of Contemporary Art ( MCA ) Chicago and Equality Illinois invite couples who are planning to get married to have their wedding at the MCA. The MCA will offer a "Celebration of Marriage Equality" and opens its galleries and sculpture garden for complimentary ceremonies and post-ceremony festivities for up to 15 couples. Visit http://www2.mcachicago.org/marriageequality ...


ACLU-sues-for-freedom-to-marry-in-Montana

ACLU sues for freedom to marry in Montana - From a press release - HELENA, Mont. — Angie and Tonya Rolando share a last name, but they are not married. The Great Falls couple is one of four loving, committed same-sex couples the ACLU is representing as they sue Montana in federal court today for the right to get married or to have their marriages from other states legally recognized in Montana. "My every ...


Lambda-Legal-looks-to-issues-after-marriage

Lambda Legal looks to issues after marriage - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Members of Lambda Legal's Leadership Council met May 12 with community members to discuss what directions they thought advocacy organizations should take now that a great deal of marriage litigation has passed in Illinois. About 25 people attended, dividing into working groups. Among the topics they cited as being important were transgender rights, immigration issues and HIV-related legal issues, among ...


Loyolas-marriage-ban-meets-new-opposition

Loyola's marriage ban meets new opposition - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Some students at Loyola University Chicago are mounting a new challenge to the university's ban on same-sex wedding ceremonies. Just weeks after state lawmakers approved the equal marriage bill last fall, school administrators responded by quietly adopting an official policy on weddings, which Windy City Times first uncovered in February. Loyola changed its standard practice of hosting "legally recognized" ceremonies ...


Federal-judge-strikes-down-PAs-ban-on-same-sex-marriage-

Federal judge strikes down PA's ban on same-sex marriage - UPDATEL Governor will not appeal - A federal judge declared Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on May 20, saying it's time to toss such laws "into the ash heap of history," USA Today reported. The ruling by Judge John E. Jones III makes Pennsylvania the last Northeast state to allow same-sex marriages, although the state could challenge the decision before the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court ...


Fed-Judge-strikes-down-Oregon-marriage-ban-

Fed Judge strikes down Oregon marriage ban - From a press release - New York — Today Judge Michael McShane struck down Oregon's discriminatory state constitutional amendment that denies committed gay couples the freedom to marry, ruling that it violates the U.S. Constitution. The decision follows a last-minute attempt by the anti-gay group National Organization for Marriage ( NOM ) to intervene in Oregon's marriage case, a motion denied by Judge McShane. Thalia ...


Utah-judge-orders-recognition-of-valid-marriages-

Utah judge orders recognition of valid marriages - From a press release - SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge ordered the state today to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who were legally married in Utah after a federal court struck down a state ban, but before the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily halted additional marriages from taking place. Over 1,000 same-sex couples married in Utah during that time period. The couples are ...


GLAD-celebrates-10-years-since-Massachusetts-marriage-

GLAD celebrates 10 years since Massachusetts marriage - From a press release - During the week that Arkansas and Idaho became marriage equality states ( pending possible stays ) Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders ( GLAD ) is marking the 10th anniversary of the very first marriages of same-sex couples in the United States, which took place in Massachusetts on May 17, 2004. That joyous day was the result of a groundbreaking ...


Fourth-Circuit-hearing-dramatic-clash-on-marriage-equality

Fourth Circuit hearing dramatic clash on marriage equality - The Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals hearing Tuesday was, as Judge Paul Niemeyer characterized it, just one step along the way to an eventual U.S. Supreme Court ruling on whether states, like Virginia, can ban same-sex couples from marrying. But it was a dramatic 70-minute clash between lawyers and judges on both sides of marriage equality. While court observers ...







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