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FRANKLY-SPEAKING-Whats-hot-and-whats-not-Wedding-trends-for-2016

FRANKLY SPEAKING What's hot and what's not: Wedding trends for 2016 - As a wedding consultant, every wedding that I design and coordinate is totally inspired by that couple's style, so the details are completely unique to each wedding. Here are the latest trends that I see in weddings for this year. Remember that these are trends, not the rules. So the first thing I do with every couple is ask a ...


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The 21st-century wedding movie: Not your mother's wedding video - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Why spend so much money on that long boring video that we will only watch once?" Aside from marriage equality itself, no aspect of weddings has changed more in recent years than the wedding video. In the era of YouTube and Facebook video, the wedding video has gone cinematic. The cinematic wedding video The cinematic wedding video combines video, ...


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EI releases LGBT adoption guide - Equality Illinois has released a resource, "Growing Your Family: A Guide for Prospective LGBT Adoptive Parents." The report contains an overview of adoption law and topics to consider as individuals or families start the process of adoption or foster care. It also includes a list of agencies in Illinois and their stated policies toward same-sex couples and LGBT individuals. Download ...


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World: Marriage in Mexico; hate-crime survey; gay diver retires - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Mexican Supreme Court unanimously struck down the state of Jalisco's same-sex marriage ban, according to The Washington Blade. The justices, in their 11-0 ruling, said the portion of the Jalisco Civil Code that defines marriage as between a man and a woman amounts to discrimination based on sexual orientation under the Mexican constitution. "For us, it is a very ...


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Relationships & the Law Today: Divorce considerations following marriage - Following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, marriage, which once seemed out of reach for same-sex couples, is now an attainable for all who seek it. With marriage, however, comes the inevitable potential for divorce, with the U.S. Census reporting recently that nearly half of all marriages certified in this country end in dissolution. Therefore, although the ...


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Pope comments on same-sex marriage debate in Italy; DignityUSA responds - From a DignityUSA press release - Speaking to a group of Vatican judges as Italy's Senate prepares to vote on recognizing civil unions for same-sex and unmarried heterosexual couples, Pope Francis said that the recent Synods on the Family tell the world "there can be no confusion between the family God wants and any other type of union." The Pope added, "The family, founded on indissoluble ...


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Episcopals sanctioned over marriage equality - The Anglican Communion suspended the Episcopal Church, its U.S. branch, from voting and decision-making for three years over its acceptance of same-sex marriage. The dramatic demotion follows a string of Episcopal Church decisions stretching back to 2003, when it elected Gene Robinson, an openly gay man, as a bishop of New Hampshire. Last July, the Episcopal Church voted to allow ...


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VA revises policies on same-sex spouses; Lambda, AMPA conclude litigation - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, Lambda Legal and the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ) announced that they are concluding litigation against the US Department of Veteran Affairs ( VA ) following the VA's changes to its policies on benefits ending discrimination against veterans and their same-sex spouses. The new policies are consistent with the June 2015 US Supreme Court decision ...


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National: Marriage milestone; gay man at SOTU; 'they' prevails; Stanford program - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In Nevada, Clark County partnered with the Las Vegas business community to mark a local gay marriage milestone on New Year's Eve, according to the Associated Press. The country stated that Phoenix residents Ronald Bauman and Dumitru Alexeev received the 5,000th same-sex marriage license issued in Clark County since the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of gay ...


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Out at CHM series kicks off with "Are We Still Fabulous?" - From a press release - CHICAGO ( January 8, 2016 ) — Out at CHM, the Chicago History Museum's annual three event series exploring LGBTQ issues, kicks off its thirteenth year of programming with "Are We Still Fabulous?" an exploration of marriage equality and the integration of the LGBTQ community into mainstream society on Friday, January 22 at the Chicago History Museum. "Since 2004, the ...


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YEAR IN REVIEW Looking back: National news - This year will bring news aplenty, thanks to everything from elections ( local and national ) and the Olympics, among other events. However, 2015 had plenty worth remembering—especially for the LGBT community. —With this ring: The biggest news of the year for the community had to be the legalization of marriage equality nationwide. In June, the Supreme Court issued a ...


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Alabama Chief Justice defies supreme court, orders probate judges to discriminate - Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore issued an order directing Alabama's probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that same-sex marriage bans in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee, are unconstitutional, and instituted marriage equality across the country. However, Moore directed probate judges to refrain from issuing any ...


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Lesbian SLC mayor takes oath; Tutu's daughter marries partner - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lesbian SLC mayor Biskupski takes oath Jackie Biskupski was sworn in Jan. 4 as Salt Lake City's first openly gay mayor. Biskupski, 49, noted the historic moment as well as the great strides the LGBT movement has made, according to a Daily Journal article. "I know that we have work to do still. And it is work that I take ...


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Federal Court denies FedEx's push to throw out suit by widow of 26-year employee - From a press release - ( San Francisco, January 4, 2016 )—Today, U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis Hamilton denied FedEx's attempt to throw out a lawsuit filed by Stacey Schuett, a widow of a longtime FedEx employee who has been denied the survivor pension benefits her same-sex spouse earned during her long career with the company. FedEx refuses to provide the benefits because its pension ...


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Clerk's Office tradition: Gift to first marriage license of 2016 - From a press release - When: Monday, Jan. 4 approximately 9 a.m. Where: Couples should line up at the Clerk's downtown Vital Records office, located in the lower level of the Daley Center, 50 W. Washington. The Vital Records office opens at 8:30 a.m. The marriage ceremony will take place in Clerk Orr's office ( 69 W. Washington, Fifth Floor, Chicago ) after the couple ...


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Chicagoans tie the knot in surprise wedding - When Kevin Romero and Philip Maziarz got engaged, it wasn't very exciting or even a truly memorable moment. "Illinois had just legalized gay marriage before Christmas 2013 and both of our families were wondering when we would make it official," Romero said. "Around that time, while sitting at dinner, we decided that getting married made sense. "Then after Christmas, we ...


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World: China marriage case; UK chapels; Slovenia repeal; Israeli attorney - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In a first, a Chinese man is challenging local officials to allow him to marry his male partner, the latest move in a series of efforts to advance gay and lesbian rights in China, according to The Wall Street Journal. Sun Wenlin, a 26-year-old living in Changsha in central China's Hunan province, filed a complaint against the Changsha Furong District ...


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Greece allows civil partnerships - Greece enacted a human-rights bill that permits civil-partnership agreements between same-sex couples, according to a Newsweek item that cites Reuters. The development ( which happened when 193 members of the 300-member parliament voted for the bill ) occurred despite protests and opposition from political parties and the Orthodox Church. A growing number of European countries have established legislation allowing registered ...


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Greece allows civil partnerships - Greece enacted a human-rights' bill that permits civil-partnership agreements between same-sex couples, according to a Newsweek item that cites Reuters. The development ( which happened when 193 members of the 300-member parliament voted for the bill ) occurred despite protests and opposition from political parties and the Orthodox Church. A growing number of European countries have established legislation allowing registered ...


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Purdue ending benefits for same-sex partners - In Indiana, Purdue University will likely terminate benefits for same-sex domestic partners in 2017, according to the Indy Star. The university's board of trustees audit and insurance committee approved the proposal Dec. 18, with the full board okaying the measure the following day. Legal counsel Steve Schultz has said that now that there's nationwide marriage equality, keeping the benefits discriminates ...


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Kentucky governor orders removing clerks' names from marriage licenses - From a press release - LOUISVILLE — Governor Matt Bevin has issued an executive order today removing county clerks' names from marriage licenses. William Sharp, Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, had this comment: "Governor Bevin's executive action has added to the cloud of uncertainty that hangs over marriage licensing in Kentucky. The requirement that the county clerk's name appear ...


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Massachusetts Court rules against school that rescinded job offer to gay man - From a press release - In a first-of-its-kind decision, a Massachusetts Superior Court judge has ruled that Fontbonne Academy, a Catholic girls' high school, discriminated against Matthew Barrett on the basis of sexual orientation and sex when it rescinded its offer of the job of food services manager to him because he is married to another man. The court ruled that Fontbonne had clearly and ...


Officials-in-Alabama-other-states-not-implementing-marriage-equality

Officials in Alabama, other states not implementing marriage equality - From a Center for American Progress news release - Washington, D.C. — It has been five months since the U.S. Supreme Court declared that the U.S. Constitution protects the right to marry for same-sex couples, and 99.9 percent of Americans now live in counties that offer marriage licenses to all couples, according to data on county compliance from the website Ballotpedia. As outlined in a new issue brief released ...


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Panel weighs family-planning options and obligations - Legal professionals and LGBT parents gathered at Greenhouse Loft, 2545 W. Diversey Pkwy., on Nov. 18 to discuss family planning concerns for gay and lesbian couples. MB Financial Bank sponsored the event, which featured members from four couples discussing their experiences becoming parents, through means such as surrogacy and foster-parenting. Meg Ledebuhr, director of legal services and client advocacy with ...


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World news: LGBT Ugandans; Ireland and marriage; trans deaths - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hundreds of people in Uganda's LGBT community have fled the country to escape homophobia and persecution—but many are now stuck in Kenya, where the situation is not much better, according to BBC News. For example, Tyrone ( not his real name ) has said that he was beaten up in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, just days after arriving there ( on ...


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Alabama mom asks court to review state's refusal to recognize her as parent - From a National Center for Lesbian Rights press release - ( Birmingham, AL, November 16, 2015 )—Today, a lesbian mother in Alabama asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review an Alabama Supreme Court decision refusing to recognize her as an adoptive parent of her three children and holding that Alabama does not have to recognize second-parent adoptions granted by Georgia courts. The mother also asked the Supreme Court for an ...


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Nat'l roundup: ACA cases; anti-trans petition; anti-LGBT companies; marriage - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear seven court cases that challenge the Affordable Care Act's ( 2010 ) accommodation to the birth control benefit, which currently ensures that individuals have access to birth control coverage as part of their employee health insurance plan. National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey issued a statement saying, "Equality opponents have ...


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Marriage-equality architect Wolfson reflects, looks forward - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As part of the 2015 Chicago Humanities Festival's theme of those citizens who have been newsmakers or cultural commentators, the event welcomed attorney, author, law professor and the Freedom to Marry President/founder Evan Wolfson Nov. 4 for a retrospective on his achievements as a driving force of marriage equality and his thoughts as to the next challenges facing the LGBTQ ...


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Law-school event looks at Obergefell - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Doug Hallward-Driemeier ( a partner at Ropes & Gray, LLC, and leader of the firm's appellate and Supreme Court practice ) was the featured speaker at a University of Chicago Law School event, "Standing Up For Marriage Equality: Insights From the Obergefell Supreme Court Arguments," Nov. 4 at the University of Chicago Law School campus. Hallward-Driemeier, in conversation with Professor ...


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Report covers marriage, philanthropy - The Civil Marriage Collaborative ( CMC ) released a publication entitled "Hearts & Minds: The untold story of how philanthropy and the Civil Marriage Collaborative helped Americans embrace marriage equality." The report includes a marriage-equality timeline as well as explantions of developments such as the "10/10/20" strategy; then-San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom ordering the city to issue marriage licenses to ...


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Solomon discusses families and negotiating differences - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Ann Meyer - Families can be cruel before they come to accept the differences their children exhibit, from homosexuality to autism and dwarfism, author Andrew Solomon told the audience at Northwestern University's Cahn Auditorium in Evanston Oct. 20. "Acceptance happens very gradually," said Solomon, who is the author of "Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity." The 2012 book, ...


World-news-Fatal-attack-blood-ban-ends-marriage-news

World news: Fatal attack; blood ban ends; marriage news - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Following a savage attack that caused him to suffer a brain hemorrhage, a gay man has died, LGBTQ Nation reported. In 2014, architect Mikhail Pischevsky was attacked shortly after leaving a nightclub in Minsk, Belarus. Following several operations, doctors had to make the difficult decision to remove roughly 20 percent of Pischevsky's brain in hopes of saving him. For "unintentionally ...


-LGBT-state-leaders-to-confer-on-ongoing-fight-in-a-marriage-equality-world

LGBT state leaders to confer on ongoing fight in a marriage equality world - From a press release - CHICAGO — Leaders LGBT state equality organizations meet next week in Chicago for a conference on how to tackle serious challenges that remain despite the Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality. The annual autumn Equality Federation Midwest/West Leadership Summit, convened by the Equality Federation and hosted by Equality Illinois, will bring together executives from LGBT rights organizations from ...


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Zopp: Duckworth inconsistent on marriage equality - Andrea Zopp—who is running against U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth to be the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate—has attacked Duckworth for having an inconsistent stance on same-sex marriage. During her unsuccessful 2006 bid for Congress, Duckworth said that she did not support legalizing same-sex marriage, but also would not support a constitutional ban on it, either. In recent years, Duckworth's ...


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Outed Goshen candidate still does not support ordinance change - A Goshen, Indiana, city council candidate, who was outed when news of his online dating account leaked out in October, says that he still is against adding LGBT persons to the city's civil rights ordinance, reported ( Terre Haute ) Tribune Star on Oct. 25. GOP candidate Brent Randall, who is running for the District 5 city council seat, confirmed ...


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Advocate Evan Wolfson on ending discrimination - Evan Wolfson will soon be out of job—and he couldn't be happier. Wolfson is the founder and president of the national Freedom to Marry campaign, which is ultimately credited with developing the strategy that lead to winning same-sex marriage across the country earlier this year. Wolfson founded Freedom to Marry in 2003, after nearly two decades working as an attorney ...


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CELEBRATIONS Wedding: Shayna X Kramer and Larissa Sims - Shayna X Kramer and Larissa Sims ( now Shayna X Sims and Larissa X Sims ) met at Berlin more than 15 years ago, and they recently held a fabulous wedding for family and friends. "Larissa and I fought for marriage equality for Illinois," Shayna said. "We never thought we would get married but certainly thought everyone should! And then, ...


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Attorney who helped defeat DOMA talks about Edie Windsor - LGBT HISTORY PROJECT by Paige Cooperstein - Edie Windsor, charismatic, stylish and articulate, found herself widowed just shy of her 80th birthday. She hadn't yet been married two years to her spouse, Thea Spyer, who died of complications from a heart condition on Feb. 5, 2009. Windsor and Spyer had been together more than 40 years by the time they made the treacherous journey to Canada, soon ...


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Treasury Department considers rule change reflecting marriage equality - From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) praised the news that the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service ( IRS ) have proposed new regulations implementing the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. According to the Treasury Department, the proposed regulations will clarify "that a marriage of two individuals, whether of the ...


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Victory Fund CEO talks organizing, post-marriage decision - When the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund came into existence 24 years ago, according to its president and CEO, Aisha Moodie-Mills, there were just about 10 out elected officials. Today, there are usually between 450 to 500 openly gay officials at any one time. "That sounds like a wonderful growth, and we've reached a tipping point in our society with ...


Men-Having-Babies-offers-assistance-to-gay-fathers

Men Having Babies offers assistance to gay fathers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Anthony Brown said, while growing up, he never saw a future where he'd be able to get married or have a child. However, today, because of how much society has changed in the past decade, he shares a 6-year-old son with his husband. Brown and his husband were fortunate in that they were able to afford to use a surrogate ...


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2015 CRFC Bill of Rights in Action award goes to marriage plaintiffs - The centerpiece of the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago ( CRFC )'s 2015 Bill of Rights in Action benefit held in the downtown J.W. Marriott Burnham Ballroom on Oct. 6 was a table set with well over fifty separate plaques—one for each of the plaintiffs in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana and the organizations representing them in groundbreaking cases which were the ...


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Plaintiff in Supreme Court case Obergefell writes open letter to Kim Davis - From an ACLU press releases - NEW YORK — Jim Obergefell, plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court case that established nationwide marriage equality today authored an open letter to defiant Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis who refuses to issue marriage licenses to all eligible couples, citing religious objections to same-sex couples. The American Civil Liberties Union, which represented Jim Obergefell and brought the lawsuit against Kim ...


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GLSEN and AFC on Planned Parenthood's Pink Out Day - From press releases - From a GLSEN press release NEW YORK ( September 29, 2015 ) — GLSEN's Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard, issued the following statement in recognition of today's Pink Out Day, launched by Planned Parenthood Federation of America in response to recent efforts to discredit and defund the organization. Pink Out Day calls on those who support women's health to stand ...


Anti-LGBT-pizzeria-caters-gay-wedding

Anti-LGBT pizzeria caters gay wedding - Video below - Local gay couple Robin Delgatto and Jason Delgatto had Indiana anti-LGBT restaurant Memories Pizza unknowingly cater their same-sex wedding, according to Robin Delgatto ( who goes by Robin Trevino on stage ). Earlier this year, Memories' owners said they would never cater a wedding with a same-sex couple. Trevino—a member of Chicago's GayCo Ensemble comedy troupe, which is producing a ...


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Pope says government officials can refuse to issue licenses - On Sept. 28, Pope Francis said that government officials have a "human right" to refuse to discharge duties—such as issuing marriage licenses to gay people—if they feel it violates their conscience, Reuters reported. The pontiff made the statement on his flight back to Rome from the United States. Asked if he backed individuals, such as government officials, who refuse to ...


-Obergefell-to-speak-in-Chicago-Oct-17

Obergefell to speak in Chicago Oct. 17 - The Human Rights Campaign announced that Jim Obergefell, the named plaintiff of the U.S. Supreme Court case Obergefell, et al. v. Hodges that legalized same-sex marriage in the United States, will deliver a speech at the 2015 Chicago Gala Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday, Oct. 17, according to a press release. Obergefell will join nearly 700 attendees at the ...


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Surrogacy event held at Center - The Men Having Babies ( MHB ) Surrogacy Seminar & Gay Parenting Expo took place Sept. 20 at Lake View's Center on Halsted. Following a collaboration in offering a mini-conference in September 2014, MHB teamed again with the Center on Halsted and Howard Brown Health Center to offer a program dedicated to biological parenting for gay men. The agenda for ...


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Guest column: Ode to My Husband - By Robert Castillo - We met at a health club on Chicago's Northwest Side. Nothing in particular stood out about John at the time. But we would become friends. Later he would become my partner and, eventually, my husband. Milestones exist as a way to mark progress; how far we've come. John and I shared many milestones in our 20-plus years together: first couple ...


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Gov't: Ireland will recognize marriage - Marriage-equality advocates in Ireland are optimistic that the government will recognize same-sex marriages. Despite delays in publishing the laws following legal challenges, the government said the legislation should be passed in weeks, clearing the way for the first ceremonies, according to The Belfast Telegraph. Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said politicians will begin debating the marriage bill this week. "It will ...


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ACLU: Rowan County Clerk's Office failed to follow court orders - From an ACLU news release - NEW YORK — The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a motion in Kentucky District Court asserting that the Rowan County clerk's office has failed to comply with orders that directed deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses without interference by Clerk Kim Davis. The motion argues that the significant alteration of licenses at the direction of Ms. Davis — having ...


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Commission finds in favor of downstate couple - The Illinois Human Rights Commission, on Sept. 15, found that a downstate bed-and-breakfast facility discriminated against a gay couple when the owners told the couple that they do not allow same-sex civil union ceremonies. Todd and Mark Wathen, of Mattoon, Illinois, were told by the owner of the Timber Creek Bed & Breakfast, in Paxton, Illinois, that the inn did ...


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Jim Obergefell 2015 HRC Chicago Gala speaker - From a press release - CHICAGO ( September 16, 2015 ) — The Human Rights Campaign today announced that Jim Obergefell, the named plaintiff of the U.S. Supreme Court case Obergefell, et al. v. Hodges that legalized same-sex marriage in the United States, will deliver a speech at the 2015 Chicago Gala Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday, October 17. "Jim is the man behind ...


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Relationships & the Law Today: Importance of estate planning - Did you know that all adult residents of Illinois have a will? So long as you are a resident of and maintain assets in Illinois, should you die without a will, the Illinois legislature has already determined who receives your real and personal estate. Depending on the relationship and legal status of your family, however, without a formal will directing ...


Australia-ousts-Prime-Minister-who-stood-in-way-of-marriage-equality

Australia ousts Prime Minister who stood in way of marriage equality - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who last month refused to allow a vote for marriage equality in the Parliament, was ousted from his position and replaced by Malcolm Turnbull through a leadership ballot. The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) civil rights organization, praised the news ...


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Lambda to Wisconsin court: Act fast in case for accurate birth certificates - From a press release - ( Madison, WI, September 11, 2015 ) — Today, Lambda Legal filed a motion for summary judgment in its federal lawsuit seeking an accurate birth certificate for the son of Chelsea and Jessamy Torres, a married lesbian couple, and other similarly situated same-sex couples in Wisconsin. "Every day that Chelsea, Jessamy, and their son are forced to wait for a ...


US-District-Court-releases-Kentucky-clerk-from-custody

U.S. District Court releases Kentucky clerk from custody - Judge tells Kim Davis not to interfere with deputies Issuing licenses - Rowan County (Ky.) Clerk Kim Davis was released from the Carter County Detention Center Sept. 8—five days after she was held in contempt by a federal judge amid an escalating standoff over marriage licenses. As a condition of her release, U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered Davis not to interfere with her office's issuing of marriage licenses, The Washington Post ...


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Judge releases Kim Davis, order instructs she not interfere - Kentucky clerk Kim Davis walked out of jail Tuesday afternoon, eliciting cheers from hundreds of protesters who had gathered outside to demand her release. A smiling Davis left the Carter County Detention Center in Grayson, Kentucky, at 2:37 p.m. EDT, followed by her Liberty Counsel attorney Mat Staver and Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee. Davis was released after U.S. District ...


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Kentucky clerk jailed; couple get license - The drama continued in Kentucky as Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was held in contempt of court by a U.S. federal judge on Sept. 3 and sent to jail. On Aug. 31, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to not allow Davis to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of her religious beliefs. Davis had argued that her Christian faith ...


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Judge dismisses Ohio woman's fertility clinic lawsuit - A DuPage County judge, on Sept. 3, dismissed an Ohio woman's lawsuit against a Downer's Grove fertility clinic for an error that ultimately led to the birth of a biracial daughter, Daily Herald reported. Judge Ronald Sutter ruled that Jennifer Cramblett, who is lesbian, could not sue Midwest Sperm Bank for wrongful birth and breach of warranty, and gave Cramblett's ...


Kentucky-clerk-refusing-licenses-ordered-jailed

Kentucky clerk refusing licenses ordered jailed - The drama continued in Kentucky as Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was held in contempt of court by a U.S. federal judge on Sept. 3 and sent to jail. On Aug. 31, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to not allow Davis to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of her religious beliefs. Davis had argued that her Christian faith ...


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Supreme Court denies KY County Clerk's request to refuse marriage licenses - On Aug. 31, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to not allow Rowan County, Kentucky, Clerk Kim Davis to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of her religious beliefs. Davis had argued that her Christian faith prevented her from recognizing such marriages. Steven R. Shapiro, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, said in a statement, "[The] U.S. Supreme ...


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, ...


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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 ...


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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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