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Federation-of-Gay-Games-honors-Ireland-for-popular-vote-for-marriage

Federation of Gay Games honors Ireland for popular vote for marriage - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, USA ( 27 August 2015 ) The Federation of Gay Games ( FGG ) board of directors announces 2015 Medal of Honour Legacy Award to "The People of the Republic of Ireland" to commemorate the first nation to approve Marriage Equality by National Referendum. The public vote took place 23 May 2015 and over 60 percent voted ...


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ASA forum looks at infertility treatment disparities - Ann Bell ( assistant professor of the department of sociology and criminal justice at the University of Delaware and author of Misconception: Social Class and Infertility in America ) was one of the many people who presented findings at the American Sociological Association ( ASA ) annual meeting at the Hilton Chicago Aug. 23. Bell's talk, "Medicalization's marginalization: The role ...


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Together for 29 years, Hill and Jones leaving Chicago for Santa Fe - It started as SID, named for a rabbit who had been named after Sid Vicious from the movie Sid and Nancy, which was the favorite for Chris Hill and Stephen Jones. Grohe Faucets had approached Hill to suggest he set up shop on his own so they could work with him directly. That was the simple formation of SID, which ...


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Black gay dads behind photo split - The two African-American dads who cultivated a large Internet following due to their photo-perfect family have split, People reported. In a letter to their 187,000 followers that spanned six Instagram posts, Caleb Anthony, 27, revealed that he and Kordale Lewis, 26, are "no longer together." The Atlanta couple, who have two young daughters and a son, generated a huge Web ...


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Social Security will retroactively grant spousal benefits in Lambda case - From a Lambda Legal press release - "With this good news, we are hopeful that widows, widowers and retirees, wherever they lived, who need Social Security spousal benefits will be able to receive them." ( Chicago, August 20, 2015 ) — Today, in a status conference with Lambda Legal in federal court in Chicago, the Department of Justice announced that the Social Security Administration ( SSA ) ...


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AFER shutting down - The American Foundation for Equal Rights ( AFER )—which fought to overturn California's anti-gay Proposition 8—has announced it is ceasing operations. The announcement came approximately a month after the U.S. Supreme Court victory on marriage equality and the Freedom To Marry's decision to close down as well. Activists Chad Griffin ( now the president of the Human Rights Campaign ) ...


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Marriage Equality and Social Justice - Reproductive Justice at the Intersections: A recurring column - In the Spring of 2000 I wrote an opinion piece for Venus Magazine's ( no longer in existence ) Back Chat section titled "Until Death Do You Part?" about the LGBT fight for holy commitments and domestic partnerships. In my piece I stated that "Quiet as it's kept, same-sex marriages are on the horizon." I knew then what I am ...


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ASK LAMBDA LEGAL The Equality Act - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Following the introduction of the Equality Act in July, questions have arisen about just how the bill is designed to protect LGBT people and its potential impact on employers, businesses and religious entities. In an attempt to answer many of these questions, legal teams at Lambda Legal, American Civil Liberties Union, Center for American Progress, Family Equality Council, Human Rights ...


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Charles Schwab hosts event about marriage equality - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Charles Schwab recently hosted a presentation and discussion, "To Have & To Hold: Same-Sex Marriage After Obergefell v. Hodges," at Charles Schwab's Michigan Avenue branch. The event was one of a number of Out & Equal Chicagoland's year-round Citywide Pride presentations and networking events hosted by Chicago area companies and organizations. "Out & Equal Chicagoland promotes our Citywide Pride events ...


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Lesbian grandmothers cycle across States for a cause - Carrie and Elisia Ross-Stone are lesbian grandmothers who rode their bicycles across the country, twice, to advocate for marriage rights before it was available anywhere in the United States. They first showcased their peddle power in 2003. Yep, about 12 years ago, the duo cycled across the country—with a dual purpose: educating the United States and activating the LGBT community, ...


OPEN-TO-THINKING-Marriage-Confusion-of-State-and-Church

OPEN TO THINKING Marriage: Confusion of State and Church - A recurring column - It is now time to remove from all religious authorities the power to officially represent the state in recognizing the legal union of two competent adults in our society. It is an unhealthy and unnecessary confusion of powers to permit a member of the clergy to be the official celebrant of both the legal and religious marriage ceremonies. The recent ...


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World news: Marriage and Australia; Omar Sharif Jr.; bomb hoax - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Several bills will come before the Australian parliament in August that propose same-sex marriage be legalized, BBC News reported. Ahead of any votes, two prominent government MPs have engaged in a live debate on the issue. Opposition Labor Senator Penny Wong, a practicing Christian from the state of South Australia who has two children with her partner, argued for marriage ...


National-Pope-in-Philly-confused-politician-trans-woman-punched

National: Pope in Philly; 'confused' politician; trans woman punched - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On the heels of a historic victory in the United States for same-sex marriage, LGBT Catholics are pushing for a historic meeting with Pope Francis when he visits the country in September for the first time, IBTimes.com reported. When the pope comes to Philadelphia Sept. 26-27 for the Pontifical Council for the Family, LGBT Catholics are expected to ask the ...


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MOMosa event brings mothers and their LGBT kids together - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Kevin Hauswirth was at dinner one night with Kristen Kaza and Jason Heidemann when the topic turned to mothers—"and how great it would be to get them together for brunch," he said. That dinner soon launched a continuing tradition, which most recently featured a get-together in early August at Sidetrack in Lake View—and with about 120 tickets sold, it was ...


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LGBT and other groups back Planned Parenthood - From a press release - The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights sent this letter July 31 to the U.S. Senate: Dear Senator: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the 96 undersigned civil and human rights and labor organizations, we urge you to oppose all efforts to defund Planned Parenthood Federation of America ( PPFA ). We strongly ...


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Marriage equality focus of Equality Illinois corporate training session - "Supreme Court Rules for Marriage: What it means for employers" was the focus of the first of many Corporate Social Responsibility ( CSR ) training sessions recently at Seyfarth Shaw LLP's Chicago offices. Hosted by Equality Illinois, in partnership with Seyfarth Shaw, the CSR training sessions are intended for local to national level business executives and corporate decision-makers as well ...


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Nat'l: Pastors attend wedding; pro-LGB military act; 'Black Lives' conference - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Michigan, nearly 30 ordained United Methodist Church ( UMC ) pastors ( in addition to 100 others ) gathered for the same-sex wedding of the Rev. Benjamin Hutchison and Monty Hutchison, The South Bend Tribune reported. Hutchison said he was forced to resign from his post as pastor of Cassopolis UMC after the church's district superintendent asked if he ...


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European court rules same-aex partnership a right - From a news release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) civil rights organization, hailed the historic ruling by the European Court on Human Rights that all signatories to the European Convention of Human Rights - including countries like Turkey and Russia, where discrimination and violence against LGBT people has ...


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Ill. Supreme Court Justice discusses marriage "moment" - Illinois State Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis said that the date that the United States Supreme Court's decision on marriage equality was handed down, June 26, was a most auspicious occasion for her already: It was her 44th wedding anniversary. "My husband and I were greeted by a meditation on marriage by Justice Anthony Kennedy—more profound or beautiful than ...


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Couple in Clinton video get married - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jared Milrad ( on the right in the above photo ) and Nathan Johnson, a same-sex couple who appeared in Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign announcement, got married July 19 at Montrose Harbor in Chicago, according to a Politico item. Clinton did not attend, even though she was invited. However, she did send a note that Milrad recently posted on Twitter. ...


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Airbnb plays key role in local lesbian couple's wedding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Every couple's wedding story is as unique as the couples themselves and for Chicago couple Amy Ferguson and Holly Gitlin that involves the lodging rental company Airbnb. Ferguson and Gitlin were planning on getting married on Memorial Day weekend in 2013, however, they were running out of funds for their dream wedding and were considering taking second jobs to pay ...


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World: London's 'chemsex' scene; pope's meeting; French pol weds - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - London's Vauxhall district—which holds on to the commercial gay-club scene—is facing a new challenge, Irish Times reported. The problem is the increase in the number of men indulging in days-long orgies organized on social media, fueled by drugs, such as liquid ecstasy, or "G," in a practice known to doctors as "chemsex." For example, "slamming"—where drugs are injected during orgies—is ...


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Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden at Freedom to Marry celebration - From a press release - FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, Office of the Vice President Remarks by the Vice President Joe Biden at Freedom to Marry Celebration of Victory, Cipriani Wall Street, New York, New York THE VICE PRESIDENT: Let me begin by saying I take full credit for Evan. ( Laughter. ) Evan, you've done an incredible job. You really have. ( Applause. ) And ...


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HRC releases new map showing states with unclear non-discrimination protections - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Following the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v Hodges, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) civil rights organization, today released a new map explaining the need for non-discrimination laws protecting LGBT people at the federal level. The map shows that the Supreme Court's ruling has brought ...


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DoJ: Federal marriage benefits available to same-sex couples nationwide - Attorney General Loretta Lynch has confirmed that same-sex couples—on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing marriage equality nationwide—will receive federal benefits. In a statement, she said, "I am proud to announce that the critical programs for veterans and elderly and disabled Americans, which previously could not give effect to the marriages of couples living in states that ...


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Victory in Lambda Legal's Puerto Rico Marriage Case - From a news release - ( San Juan, PR, July 8, 2015 ) — Today, in light of the ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges which struck down marriage bans nationwide, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit vacated the district court's ruling in Conde-Vidal v. Rius-Armendariz, that had upheld Puerto Rico's discriminatory ban. The appellate court further directed the lower court to consider ...


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57 Democrats to Federal Officials: Ensure licenses for same-sex couples - From a news release - Washington, D.C - U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan ( WI-02 ) today called on federal officials to take action against state and local officials denying same-sex couples their constitutionally protected rights. Rep. Pocan along with 56 of his Congressional colleagues sent a letter to the Department of Justice ( DOJ ) urging the Department to take any actions necessary to ensure ...


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Episcopalians vote for marriage equality - Bishops of the Episcopal Church, on July 1, approved a measure authorizing clergy nationwide to perform same-sex marriages. The vote came at the denomination's general convention in Salt Lake City. Resolutions passed that day replaced "man and woman" with more gender-neutral language in traditional marriage liturgies and endorsed recent liturgies developed for same-sex couples. The news will have a larger ...


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Kansas Governor Brownback issues anti-LGBT executive order - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign denounced Kansas Governor Sam Brownback's executive order encouraging blatant discrimination against LGBT Kansans in the name of religion. Governor Brownback, known for his deplorable anti-equality positions, issued the executive order today in response to the Supreme Court's recent ruling in favor of nationwide marriage equality. "Religious freedom is a bedrock of our country. ...


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Forty years ago: Chicago's 1975 marriage protest - The following is excerpted from the book Marriage Equality in the Land of Lincoln, by Kate Sosin and Tracy Baim, published in 2014: On October 20, 1975, two women, Toby Schneiter and Nancy Davis, staged a sit-in at a Cook County Marriage License Bureau facility and were arrested. Many activists believed this event would hurt more mainstream efforts to pass ...


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Website answers questions about marriage - In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's historic decision striking down discriminatory state bans on marriage for same-sex couples, six LGBT advocacy organizations launched a joint website—MarriageEqualityFacts.org—to provide answers to same-sex couples and their families as they navigate accessing the rights, benefits and protections that marriage affords. Created by American Civil Liberties Union, Freedom to Marry, Gay & Lesbian ...


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Episcopalians OK same-sex marriage - Episcopalians gave their blessing July 1 to church weddings for same-sex couples—just days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to allow marriage equality across the nation, USA Today reported. The denomination's historic vote took place at the Episcopal General Convention in Salt Lake City. Although same-sex weddings will be allowed after Nov. 1, clergy can refuse to perform same-sex services ...


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Lambda Legal launches marriage tracker, online reporting website - From a news release - ( New York, NY, June 29, 2015 ) — Following the U.S. Supreme Court's sweeping decision on Friday ushering in marriage in all 50 states, Lambda Legal has introduced a new resource, the Marriage Tracker. The platform allows same-sex couples and families to report issues they have encountered while seeking a marriage license or recognition of their marriage by businesses, ...


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Marine to be denied marriage license in San Saba County Texas - From a press release - ( Washington, DC ) This is a developing story. Today, Jason White and his fiancée Jonathan Means are planning to obtain a marriage license from the San Saba County Clerk in Texas. However, the clerk, Kim Wells has indicated that she will deny their application for a marriage license presumably based on Attorney General Ken Paxton's nonbinding opinion that clerks ...


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Supreme Court decision, Obergefell analyzed - The U.S. Supreme Court's June 26 decision striking down state bans against same-sex marriage has been touted as "probably the strongest manifesto in favor of marriage" and pilloried as "a threat to American democracy." It has energized celebrations at LGBT Pride events and private living rooms across the country and prompted warnings of "an all out assault against the religious ...


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VA extends benefits to same-sex couples following supreme court ruling - From press releases - From The American Military Partner Association WASHINGTON — On Monday, June 29, 2015, the VA confirmed they would begin extending benefits to legally married same-sex couples nationwide as a result of the historic marriage equality ruling by the Supreme Court last week. Previously, the VA had denied some benefits to same sex couples who lived in states where their marriages ...


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LGBT advocacy groups issue guide after historic marriage ruling - From a press release - ( New York, June 26, 2015 )—In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's historic decision striking down discriminatory state bans on marriage for same-sex couples, six LGBT advocacy organizations launched a joint website MarriageEqualityFacts.org to provide answers to same-sex couples and their families as they navigate accessing the rights, benefits, and protections that marriage affords. Created by American Civil ...


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U.S. Supreme Court backs marriage equality, groups and leaders respond - The U.S. Supreme Court has legalized marriage equality nationwide. The ruling was 5-4. See the ruling here: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/14-556_3204.pdf . From Lambda Legal: "For the first time, LGBT people in America will live in a nation that respects their love and their families. Today, the Constitution and our democracy shine brightly." (Washington, D.C., June 26, 2015) — In an historic decision, ...


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Supreme Court: State bans on marriage for same-sex couples unconstitutional - Below: Video of reaction outside Supreme Court - [Updated June 26, 11 a.m. ] In a widely expected yet stunning victory for LGBT people nationally, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today (June 26) that state bans on marriage for same-sex couples are unconstitutional. The decision requires states to both issue marriage licenses to couples and to recognize marriage licenses obtained in other states by same-sex couples. The ...


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President and Vice President speak on marriage equality decision - From the White House - REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE SUPREME COURT DECISION ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY Rose Garden, 11:14 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Our nation was founded on a bedrock principle that we are all created equal. The project of each generation is to bridge the meaning of those founding words with the realities of changing times — a never-ending quest ...


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Chicago celebrates high court decision for marriage equality - Elected officials, community leaders and others gathered at Boystown spot Sidetrack June 26 to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court's five-to-four decision in the Obergefell v. Hodges case granting marriage equality across the United States. Among the elected officials in attendance were Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel; Illinois state Reps. Greg Harris, Kelly Cassidy, Sara Feigenholtz and Ann Williams; state Sen. Heather ...


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Locals respond to marriage decision - —Illinois state Rep. Kelly Cassidy: "This historic decision sends the message that all families are equal in the eyes of the law. Today, same-sex marriage becomes 'marriage.'" —AIDS Foundation of Chicago President/CEO John Peller: "The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) is elated that the Court struck a blow against prejudice, discrimination, and inequality, ruling that states cannot deny ...


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Marriage 'speak-out' takes place at Center - Andy Thayer of the Gay Liberation Network hosted a "speak-out" in front of Center on Halsted on June 26—the day the Supreme Court announced its decision on marriage rights. He encouraged his listeners to not become complacent after the victory. "We have to remember the attacks that are happening today—I'm talking about Charleston and racist hatred," he said. A moment ...


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Legal activists poised to fight back, some states face hurdles - The Supreme Court of the United States will rule any day now on whether it is a violation of the federal constitution for states to bar same-sex couples from marrying. But for weeks now, in apparent anticipation that the court will strike down such bans, states that still have or want to keep their bans have been passing legislation aimed ...


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Gov. Pence to speak to Indiana Republican Party Spring Dinner - From a Freedom Indiana press release - INDIANAPOLIS — Freedom Indiana, the grassroots organization that is pushing for statewide anti-discrimination protections for LGBT Hoosiers, issued the following statement in response to Gov. Mike Pence's comments at the Indiana Republican Party Spring Dinner this evening. Pence formally announced he is running for re-election in 2016 and said he is open to continuing the conversation about updating state laws ...


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Supreme Court LGBT decision to be celebrated or protested in 50+ cities - From a Gay Liberation Network press release - CHICAGO — On the day that the Supreme Court announces its decision on marriage rights for same-sex couples, Chicagoans will join a coalition of over 50 cities responding to the decision. In Chicago, the response will be at 7 PM with an LGBT community speak-out in front of the city's LGBT community center, the Center on Halsted at 3656 N. ...


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Snapshot of Love: Ricketts-Skinner; Ferguson-Walsh - Chicago-area couple Laura Ricketts ( pictured left ) and Brooke Skinner were married June 6 in a wedding attended by family and friends. Ricketts, a co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, and Skinner, who works for Twitter, wore white dresses for the elegant wedding. It was officiated by Lambda Legal Midwest Director Jim Bennett. Photo by Liz Birch Scott Ferguson ( ...


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However question is framed, support for same-sex marriage rising - From a press release - LOS ANGELES — A majority of people in the United States support marriage equality, regardless of how various polls frame the question, according to a new report by Andrew R. Flores, public opinion and policy fellow at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, that was published in Public Opinion Quarterly. The report, titled "Examining Variation in Surveying Attitudes ...


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Pope Francis' asserts that kids must have opposite-sex parents - From an HRC press release - The Pope's statement to more than 25,000 faithful in Rome on Sunday comes on heels of the city's well-attended LGBT pride festival, and support of same-sex civil unions by Italy's Lower House of Parliament WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation has strongly urged Pope Francis to reconsider assertions he made Sunday in Rome that good parenting ...


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National: Mich., N.C. laws; bar rejects trans woman; Jeb, Trump run for prez - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The ACLU is looking at options to challenge laws, signed by Gov. Rick Snyder, that will allow faith-based adoption agencies in Michigan to refuse to serve prospective parents, like same-sex or unmarried couples, if doing so would violate the agencies' religious beliefs, The Detroit Free Press reported. Snyder's decision on faith-based adoption came as the U.S. Supreme Court is on ...


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Gay fathers club growing rapidly in Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Gay Fathers of Greater Chicago ( GFGC ) is a network of gay men who have children living with them or apart from them. Some are divorced, some separated and some still married to women. Some are in committed relationships with other men. The GFGC is managed by a volunteer, five-member steering committee whose officers are elected each February. ...


-Fisher-Price-Proud-Parenting-Program-to-raise-LGBT-parenting-visibility-

Fisher-Price, Proud Parenting Program to raise LGBT parenting visibility - From a press release - FORT LAUDERDALE, June 15, 2015 — Fisher-Price and Proud Parenting today announced the launch of the Proud Parenting LGBT Family Photo Gallery, presented by Fisher-Price®. The goal of the program is to increase the visibility of LGBT parents and to encourage interaction and support between LGBT parents, their friends and their allies. The Proud Parenting LGBT Family Photo Gallery is ...


NC-legislature-overrides-Governors-veto-of-Opt-Out-legislation

NC legislature overrides Governor's veto of "Opt-Out" legislation - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, by a vote of 69-41, the North Carolina House of Representatives voted to override Governor Pat McCrory's veto of SB 2 - a needless and mean-spirited law allowing "magistrates, assistant registers of deeds, and deputy registers of deeds to recuse themselves from performing duties related to marriage ceremonies due to sincerely held religious objections." Marty Rouse, National ...


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Laura Ricketts, Brooke Skinner wed - Chicago-area couple Laura Ricketts ( pictured left ) and Brooke Skinner were married June 6 in a wedding attended by family and friends. Ricketts, a co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, and Skinner, who works for Twitter, wore white dresses for the elegant wedding. It was officiated by Lambda Legal Midwest Director Jim Bennett. ...


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ACLU recognizes Kirkland & Ellis in Michigan victory for gay, lesbian couples - From a press release - CHICAGO — The American Civil Liberties Union today expressed its appreciation for the contributions and commitment of lawyers from the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis in a Michigan case that overturned a state ban on government employers extending health care coverage to gay and lesbian domestic partners. The ACLU, with the help of lawyers from Kirkland, prevailed in the ...


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Supreme Court: Why Abercrombie decision matters - It is a rare occasion when LGBT legal activists find themselves on the same side of a case as the conservative Christian Legal Society and the National Association of Evangelicals. It is also rare to find LGBT legal activists on the same side as conservative Justice Antonin Scalia and his fondness for hewing to the original explicit language of a ...


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Equal marriage support at record high, key segments remain opposed - From a press release - As the Supreme Court prepares to decide a key case involving states' requirements to recognize same-sex marriage, public support for allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally continues its rapid rise: A 57% majority of Americans now favor allowing same-sex marriage, and 39% oppose, according to a new national survey by Pew Research Center. This is the highest level of ...


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10 Chinese couples to be wed in West hollywood - From GLAAD - WEST HOLLYWOOD, June 4, 2015 — The City of West Hollywood, as part of its Pride month activities in June, will host a special group wedding for 10 same-sex couples who will be visiting from China. The couples have been selected as winners from an online contest hosted by Alibaba, a Chinese e-commerce company based Hangzhou, Zhejiang — the aim ...


Guam-Chief-Judge-bans-enforcement-of-discriminatory-marriage-laws

Guam Chief Judge bans enforcement of discriminatory marriage laws - From a press release - ( Hagatna, Guam, June 5, 2015 ) - Today, District Court of Guam Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood granted summary judgment for plaintiffs and banned enforcement of all laws in the U.S. Territory denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry. Judge Tydingco-Gatewood's ruling followed oral argument in the lawsuit challenging Guam's marriage ban that private attorneys brought on behalf of Loretta ...


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World news: Kazakhstan law struck down; marriage developments - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Kazakhstan has struck down a proposed law that would have banned "gay propaganda" similar to its Russian neighbors—thanks in part to athletes such as Martina Navratilova, Gay Star News reported. The tennis legend and 26 other sporting heroes, like Robbie Rogers, wrote a letter to the IOC ( International Olympic Committee ) that Kazakhstan should not be allowed to host ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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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