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Utah-marriage-plaintiffs-ask-Supreme-Court-for-review-

Utah marriage plaintiffs ask Supreme Court for review - From a press release - ( Salt Lake City, Utah, August 28, 2014 )—Today, the three couples challenging the State of Utah's ban on marriage for same-sex couples asked the United States Supreme Court to accept the request of Utah state officials to review the case. In the brief filed today, the plaintiffs argue that Supreme Court review is required because same-sex couples in Utah ...


7th-Circuit-hears-arguments-for-Indiana-Wisconsin-equal-marriage-

7th Circuit hears arguments for Indiana, Wisconsin equal marriage - About 150 spectators, many of whom stood in line for nearly three hours, crowded into a courtroom at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse in Chicago as the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals heard marriage equality cases from Indiana and Wisconsin. Both states are within the 7th Circuit, so each state's cases—three from Indiana, one from Wisconsin—were heard at the same time. ...


Couples-rally-in-Chicago-on-eve-of-marriage-hearing

Couples rally in Chicago on eve of marriage hearing - Videos below. - Marriage equality supporters from Indiana and Wisconsin gathered at Federal Plaza Aug. 25 for a late-afternoon rally in anticipation of a major hearing on marriage equality before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals the following day. The court hearing addresses marriage bans in both states since Indiana and Wisconsin both fall under the 7th Circuit Court's purview. In each state, ...


Florida-marriage-ban-ruled-unconstitutional-by-Fed-Court

Florida marriage ban ruled unconstitutional by Fed Court - From a news release - WASHINGTON — Today U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle ruled against Florida's constitutional amendment banning marriage equality, making the Sunshine State the latest to see such a ban struck down in federal court since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its historic marriage rulings last June. In Brenner v. Scott, the private attorneys sued the state on behalf of same-sex ...


US-Supreme-Court-blocks-marriage-in-Virginia

U.S. Supreme Court blocks marriage in Virginia - On Aug. 20, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to delay an appeals court ruling striking down Virginia's marriage-equality ban. The nation's highest court, in McQuigg v. Bostic, granted a request from a county clerk in northern Virginia to delay a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that would have allowed for same-sex couples to marry beginning Aug. 21. The ...


GayWeddingscom-head-talks-about-new-book

GayWeddings.com head talks about new book - When Kathryn Hamm's mother, Gretchen, set out to plan her daughter's wedding to Amy Walter in 1999, she was at a loss to find even the simplest of resources for a same-sex couple looking to wed. Her determination that no other proud mom should have to face similar road blocks led to the founding the following year of TwoBrides.com and ...


Judge-Ind-must-recognize-out-of-state-same-sex-marriages

Judge: Ind. must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages - Indiana's gay marriage ban took another hit Aug. 19 when a federal judge ruled that the state must recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. The state attorney general has said he will appeal the ruling, which came just a just a week before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to begin hearing arguments on other cases challenging the state's ...


Three-couples-tie-the-knot-in-festive-fashion

Three couples tie the knot in festive fashion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Jonathan Jones - Diana Moreno heard about the 103.5 KISS-FM's wedding sweepstakes one morning and told her partner, Emma Rodriguez, that they should enter. The sweepstakes invited couples to submit their love stories and explain they should receive a free wedding. Moreno and Rodriguez submitted their 100-word story and a photo of them with their two dogs, a Yorkie and a Pit Bull. ...


CELEBRATIONS-Wojcik-Austin

CELEBRATIONS: Wojcik-Austin - Professor Mark E. Wojcik of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago married Professor David W. Austin of San Diego's California Western School of Law on Aug. 14, in Honolulu, Hawaii. The marriage was performed by former Hawaii Supreme Court Justice Steven Levinson. In 1993, Justice Levinson wrote the world's first decision recognizing that government had to demonstrate a compelling ...


WNBA-players-Griner-Johnson-engaged-

WNBA players Griner, Johnson engaged - WNBA stars Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson are engaged, USA Today reported. Griner proposed to Johnson and both posted it on social media, with Griner showing a photo of her on one knee with a ring in her hand in front of Johnson on her Instagram account. Griner posted, "Last Night was a Night to Remember( , ) I became ...


Rally-in-Chicago-on-eve-of-7th-Circuit-marriage-cases-

Rally in Chicago on eve of 7th Circuit marriage cases - On Aug. 25—the evening before the Chicago-based 7th Court of Appeals hears oral arguments on Indiana and Wisconsin's gay marriage bans—activists from the region will gather at Federal Plaza for a rally in support of marriage equality. The rally will start at 5:30 p.m. near the Dirksen Federal Building at Dearborn and Adams. In an Aug. 13 statement, Kyle Megrath ...


Affinity-conference-takes-on-post-marriage-equality-issues

Affinity conference takes on post-marriage equality issues - With same-sex marriage legal in 19 states and the issue on track for a Supreme Court hearing, activists, advocacy organizations and leaders have been turning their attention to the multitude of other issues intersecting with and so affecting the LGBTQ community. On Aug. 8, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago was the ...


6th-Circuit-signal-direction-on-marriage-equality-lawsuits

6th Circuit signal direction on marriage equality lawsuits - The three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals seemed to signal pretty clearly where they're headed on the six marriage equality lawsuits they heard arguments in Wednesday: They're heading toward the first federal appeals ruling to undo lower court rulings that held state bans on marriage for same-sex couples to be unconstitutional. The judges at the August ...


Federal-Appeals-Court-to-hear-arguments-in-six-marriage-cases

Federal Appeals Court to hear arguments in six marriage cases - From the ACLU - CINCINNATI — A federal appeals court will hear arguments today in six challenges to laws that ban marriage for same-sex couples or the recognition of marriages of same-sex couples throughout the 6th District. In each case, a lower court in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, or Kentucky ruled in favor of marriage for same-sex couples. The American Civil Liberties Union and the ...


Sixth-Circuit-hears-Tennessee-marriage-equality-case

Sixth Circuit hears Tennessee marriage equality case - From a news release - ( Cincinnati, Ohio, Aug. 6, 2014 )—Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit heard oral argument in Tennessee's marriage equality case, Tanco v. Haslam. Attorney William Harbison argued on behalf of the three plaintiff couples that Tennessee's failure to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples violates the federal Constitution's guarantees of equal protection and due process, ...


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Wedding announcements - Hartwig-Chaille Marek Hartwig ( Chicago-based bridal stylist and owner of MAREK Bridal ) and Ron Chaille ( owner of Chicago-based advertising agency, arch Advertising ) celebrated their marriage with a reception March 28 at the Chicago Cultural Center. The couple, along with their 270 guests, enjoyed scrumptious fare provided by Blue Plate Catering and danced the night away to fabulous ...


NC-court-says-stepparents-can-maintain-contact-with-children

NC court says stepparents can maintain contact with children - From a news release - ( Trenton, NJ, August 6, 2014 )—Today, an appellate court in New Jersey issued a decision recognizing that a same-sex stepparent who has raised a child from a young age can seek custody or visitation with the child if it is in child's best interests. The court recognized that every child has a strong interest in maintaining a relationship with ...


The-Barcus-Bunch-Single-gay-dad-on-unconditional-parenting

The Barcus Bunch: Single gay dad on unconditional parenting - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dan Barcus is a single, gay dad living in the far northwest suburbs of Chicago who has said is a lackluster housekeeper and a terrible cook. Still, the parenting experience has been overwhelmingly positive, he said. And quite memorable—times five—and why, along with Little City Foundation and the Allendale Association, he is encouraging more people to think about becoming foster ...


First-couple-to-adopt-looks-back

First couple to adopt looks back - Relatively few people in Illinois may know it, but many of the state's families headed by LGBT parents owe a debt of thanks to Elizabeth Strum and Becky Lowery. Strum and Lowery have been together for 30 years. They were the first same-sex couple in the state to be granted the right to adopt a child together. They won their ...


6th-Circuit-Court-of-Appeals-to-hear-marriage-equality-cases-

6th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear marriage equality cases - From a press release - CINCINNATI — On August 6, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit will hear oral arguments in six marriage equality cases — the most marriage cases that any federal circuit court has ever heard in a single day, and the fourth argument to be heard by a federal circuit court since the United States Supreme Court's decision last ...


Skateboardings-Tony-Hawk-joins-Americans-for-Marriage-Equality-

Skateboarding's Tony Hawk joins Americans for Marriage Equality - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released a video ad ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zx5GjuKr—0&feature=youtu.be ) featuring professional skateboarder and CEO Tony Hawk. In the video, Hawk states, "We all deserve to follow our hearts, and we need to continue working until every state recognizes marriage as an equal right." The video can be viewed online at americansformarriageequality.org. Past ...


Lambda-Legal-to-7th-Circuit-Grant-marriage-for-all-Hoosiers

Lambda Legal to 7th Circuit: Grant marriage for all Hoosiers - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, July 29th, 2014 ) - Today, Lambda Legal filed its appellate brief in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, asking the court to strike down the state's discriminatory marriage ban. Oral arguments in the case, Baskin v. Bogan, have been scheduled for August 26th, 2014. "We're confident the court will rule in favor of love, freedom and ...


MOMBIAN-How-the-makers-of-DD-won-my-familys-heart

MOMBIAN How the makers of D&D won my family's heart - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I played the original Dungeons & Dragons ( D&D ) game in high school, back in the early '80s. I've been delighted to see it is experiencing a resurgence—and capturing my son's interest as well. A recent encounter made me love the game, and the company behind it, even more. Beginning the adventure During the July 4th week, my ...


Knight-and-Bailey-wed

Knight and Bailey wed - Jim Bailey ( left ), event designer at J & L Catering, and Windy City Times film critic and Scrooge & Marley co-writer and director Richard Knight, Jr. with their "son" Barnie on July 16, 2014 ( Richard's birthday ) just after converting their July, 2011 civil union to a marriage. Together for 17-1/2 years, Jim and Richard ironically met ...


4th-Circuit-Court-of-Appeals-strikes-down-Virginia-ban-

4th Circuit Court of Appeals strikes down Virginia ban - From a press release - RICHMOND, Va. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today affirmed a district court ruling striking down Virginia's ban on marriage for same-sex couples. The decision will not take effect immediately, but will go into effect in 21 days, unless the defendants file a motion to stay the ruling. The ruling will also be stayed if the ...


-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 ...


Forde-and-Zipter-wed

Forde and Zipter wed - Kathy Forde ( left ) and Yvonne Zipter, who have been together for more than 26 years, converted their civil union to a marriage in a ceremony on July 5, 2014, at the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, where they both work. The ceremony was officiated by author Sara Paretsky in the presence of many ...


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 ...


Married-same-sex-couples-to-receive-FMLA-benefits

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 ...


Holy-Trinity-hosts-gay-marriage-event

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, ...


Holy-Trinity-holding-mass-marriage-service

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 ...


Holder-outlines-post-Windsor-case-federal-response-

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 ...


Etheridge-marries-R-Kellys-trans-child-Whitney-movie-news

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, ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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, ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...







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