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Fed-govt-to-recognize-same-sex-married-couples-in-six-new-states

Fed govt to recognize same-sex married couples in six new states - WASHINGTON—In the latest development following the Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to decline to hear any pending cases regarding same-sex marriage, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday that the federal government will now recognize same-sex married couples in six new states: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Last week, the Attorney General made a similar announcement ...


Oberweis-Would-support-federal-marriage-equality-law

Oberweis: Would support federal marriage equality law - After much heated opposition to marriage equality in Illinois, U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis said Oct. 23 that his thinking about the matter has shifted. Oberweis' remarks came in a debate against incumbent U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. Each candidate was asked whether they would support a federal marriage equality law. "I think that's well-established," Oberweis replied. "The court has said ...


District-Court-dismisses-suit-seeking-marriage-in-Puerto-Rico

District Court dismisses suit seeking marriage in Puerto Rico - From a news release - "The court's ruling directly conflicts with the wave of recent decisions finding these marriage bans unconstitutional and perpetuates the discrimination and harm done to same-sex Puerto Rican couples and their families." ( San Juan, PR, October 21, 2014 ) - Today the United States District Court of Puerto Rico issued a ruling dismissing Lambda Legal's lawsuit seeking to end the ...


President-Obama-Constitution-guarantees-right-to-marry

President Obama: Constitution guarantees right to marry - From a Human Rights Campaign press release - WASHINGTON — In an interview with The New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin, President Obama has for the first time announced he believes the U.S. Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry in all fifty states. This is a stark progression from the President's previous position, which to allow each state to decide the issue individually. President Obama told Toobin, "Ultimately, ...


Focus-on-the-Familys-Glenn-Stanton-talks-bigotry-marriage

Focus on the Family's Glenn Stanton talks bigotry, marriage - Glenn Stanton is an outspoken figure in the fight against marriage equality, from his work with right-wing organization Focus on the Family to his debates at colleges and churches around the country. Windy City Times sat down with Stanton to discuss his new book, Loving My ( LGBT ) Neighbor: Being Friends in Grace & Truth. Windy City Times: ...


Federal-judge-strikes-down-Arizona-marriage-ban

Federal judge strikes down Arizona marriage ban - From a press release - ( Phoenix, AZ, October 17, 2014 ) - U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick today struck down Arizona's discriminatory marriage ban, paving the way for same-sex couples across the state to apply for marriage licenses or to have their legal out-of-state marriages respected. "Welcome, Arizona - the 31st freedom to marry state! We are grateful that Judge Sedwick acted so ...


Federal-judge-rules-for-marriage-equality-in-Wyoming-

Federal judge rules for marriage equality in Wyoming - From a press release - ( Casper, WY, October 17, 2014 )—Today, U.S. District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl of the District of Wyoming ruled in favor of the freedom to marry in the challenge to the State of Wyoming's ban on marriage equality. The court's order granted a request by four same-sex couples and Wyoming Equality, who had filed a federal lawsuit challenging Wyoming's ...


Library-exhibit-Gay-cartoonists-view-of-same-sex-marriage

Library exhibit: Gay cartoonist's view of same-sex marriage - From a press release - As recognition of same-sex marriage grows the Chicago Public Library presents Love Me Forever! Oh! Oh! Oh! by cartoonist Jeremy Sorese. In this engagingly illustrated exhibit, Sorese, a gay man, explores the idea of getting married. Selected from The Best American Comics 2013, Love Me Forever! Oh! Oh! Oh! is on display through March 8, 2015, in the Congress Corridor, ...


New-studies-estimate-LGBT-population-married-couples

New studies estimate LGBT population, married couples - From a press release - LOS ANGELES — Two new studies released by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, review findings from four recent large, national, population-based surveys to derive estimates of the size of the LGBT community and same-sex married and unmarried couple families. Estimates across the surveys analyzed imply that between 5.2 and 9.5 million adults in the U.S. identify as ...


HRC-scores-113th-Congress-Alaska-marries-WH-looks-at-AIDS-violence-

HRC scores 113th Congress; Alaska marries; WH looks at AIDS, violence - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - HRC releases scorecard of 113th Congress The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) has released its Congressional Scorecard measuring support for LGBT equality in the 113th Congress—and, according to the organization, results show record gains in support for LGBT equality. Members of Congress were scored based on their votes and co-sponsorships of pieces of legislation that are key indicators of ...


Federal-judge-affirms-the-freedom-to-marry-in-Alaska

Federal judge affirms the freedom to marry in Alaska - From press releases - From Freedom to Marry New York — Today U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess ruled in favor of the freedom to marry and respect for same-sex couples' marriages in Alaska. Judge Burgess was appointed by President George W. Bush and recommended by Republican U.S. Senators Ted Stevens and Frank Murkowski. Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, released the following ...


Supreme-Court-Stunning-progress

Supreme Court: Stunning progress - If state bans against same-sex marriages were a table, the striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act last year was like the loss of a leg. The announcement last week that the U.S. Supreme Court would not hear appeals to keep such bans on the books was like the loss of a second leg. The table has fallen. All ...


West-Va-AG-concedes-marriage-ban-unconstitutional-

West Va. AG concedes marriage ban unconstitutional - From a press release - ( Huntington, WV, October 9, 2014 ) — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey today agreed to end the state's defense of WV's discriminatory marriage ban in Lambda Legal's marriage case one day after the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia lifted its stay on the case, McGee v. Cole. et. al. The state's change ...


Federal-district-court-in-North-Carolina-strikes-down-ban-

Federal district court in North Carolina strikes down ban - From a Williams Institute press release - LOS ANGELES — Today, a federal district court in North Carolina struck down that state's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. In North Carolina, according to the 2010 Census, there are more than 18,300 cohabiting same-sex couples, of which an estimated 18% are raising nearly 6,800 children in their homes. Williams Institute research also suggests that more than 9,155 of ...


9th-Circuit-backs-marriage-in-Idaho-Nevada

9th Circuit backs marriage in Idaho, Nevada - - A unanimous three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Tuesday (October 7) struck down state bans against marriage for same-sex couples in Nevada and Idaho, but the ruling will —if not appealed— affect bans in Ninth Circuit states with similar bans: Alaska, Arizona, and Montana. That means the total count on marriage equality states could well ...


Supreme-Court-lets-stand-marriage-in-5-states

Supreme Court lets stand marriage in 5 states - In a surprise development, the U.S. Supreme Court today announced it would not accept for review any of the seven appeals on same-sex marriage bans from five states. The action means that the stays placed on lower court decisions in all five states —decisions that struck down bans on marriage for same-sex couples— are immediately lifted, making way for lower ...


Lesbian-couple-sues-area-clinic-after-sperm-mix-up

Lesbian couple sues area clinic after sperm mix-up - An Ohio lesbian recently filed a lawsuit against a Downers Grove, Illinois, fertility clinic, alleging that it sent an incorrect specimen, leading to her inadvertently giving birth to a biracial child. According to the complaint, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, Jennifer Cramblett of Uniontown, Ohio, engaged Midwest Sperm Bank in 2011 to provide sperm so that she and her ...


Supreme-Court-paves-way-for-marriage-in-5-states-

Supreme Court paves way for marriage in 5 states - The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 6 denied review of all petitions for writ of certiorari in the cases currently before it that regarded the question of marriage equality. The decision, which will surely surprise legal observers who expected the Court to take up the matter this term, has far-reaching impact, bringing marriage equality to five states and potentially opening ...


Missouri-judge-agrees-with-same-sex-couples

Missouri judge agrees with same-sex couples - A judge has struck down part of Missouri's marriage-equality ban, ordering the state to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states and saying state laws banning the unions single out gay couples "for no logical reason," the Associated Press noted. The decision comes in a lawsuit from 10 same-sex couples who legally married outside the state. The order means ...


DoJ-to-soon-ask-Supreme-Court-to-uphold-marriage-equality

DoJ to soon ask Supreme Court to uphold marriage equality - From a press release - WASHINGTON — On Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder made a surprise announcement that he will be stepping down from his position in the Obama Administration. Only one day later, Holder made news by indicating that he will once again take action on the issue of marriage equality. This evening, reporting by NBC News Justice Correspondent Pete Williams revealed that the ...


Tom-Daleys-gig-man-convicted-of-drinking-Baileys

Tom Daley's gig; man convicted of drinking Baileys - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out diver Tom Daley recently posed in the autumn/winter collection for the Adidas NEO label, for which he is UK ambassador, according to HeraldScotland.com. The 20-year-old Daley, who is dating screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, had been on two series of ITV's celebrity diving show Splash!, mentoring celebrities to brave the board, but he is now focusing his attention on training ...


Supreme-Court-Which-case-makes-the-best-case-for-marriage-equality-

Supreme Court: Which case makes the best case for marriage equality? - The U.S. Supreme Court could announce as early as Tuesday ( September 30 ) which marriage equality case —or cases— it will accept for review this session. But, while the Court has seven marriage equality cases to choose from during its private working conference Monday ( September 29 ), it may not choose any of those seven for review. "If ...


Carmichael-Bowman-wed

Carmichael, Bowman wed - Longtime Central Illinois LGBT activists Buff Carmichael and Jerry Dean Bowman celebrated their 22 years together with a marriage ceremony Sept. 22 at Weldon Springs State Park near Clinton, Ill. The couple, who live in Springfield, Ill., were key supporters of the marriage equality push in Springfield in 2013, and Carmichael was one of 13 co-chairs of the March on ...


Rep-candidate-pushes-to-uphold-marriage-bans

Rep. candidate pushes to uphold marriage bans - Susanne Atanus, who is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky for her 9th district seat, has asked two federal courts to uphold state bans on gay marriage, On Top Magazine reported Sept. 18. Atanus submitted a four-page handwritten letter to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Fransisco, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court, to make her case. ...


Men-Having-Babies-hosts-parenting-expo

Men Having Babies hosts parenting expo - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Men Having Babies, Inc. organized a surrogacy seminar and gay parenting expo on Sept. 13 at the Center on Halsted. More than 50 couples perused the showcased fertility booths, attended the various workshops about finances and risk averseness, and convened with service providers to privately discuss child-bearing options. Since 2005, Men Having Babies has put on hundreds of workshops across ...


Indiana-AG-seeks-high-court-review-of-Lambda-marriage-case

Indiana AG seeks high court review of Lambda marriage case - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, September 9, 2014 ) — Today, Indiana Attorney General Zoeller asked the Supreme Court of the United States to review Baskin v. Bogan, the Lambda Legal lawsuit seeking marriage equality for same-sex couples in Indiana. Within hours, Lambda Legal will file papers supporting the request for review. "The Indiana Attorney General intends to ask for a stay ...


9-th-Circuit-hears-argument-in-Lambda-marriage-case-in-Nevada

9 th Circuit hears argument in Lambda marriage case in Nevada - From a press release - ( San Francisco, September 8, 2014 ) — Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard oral arguments in Sevcik v. Sandoval, Lambda Legal's lawsuit challenging Nevada's discriminatory marriage ban. "We are very hopeful that wedding bells will be ringing soon for same-sex couples in Nevada," said Tara Borelli, Senior Attorney at Lambda Legal who argued before ...


ACLU-asks-high-court-to-hear-Indiana-Wisconsin-marriage-cases

ACLU asks high court to hear Indiana, Wisconsin marriage cases - From a press release - NEW YORK — The American Civil Liberties Union is filing responses today to petitions from Indiana and Wisconsin seeking U.S. Supreme Court review of a federal appellate court ruling last week striking down bans on marriage for same-sex couples in both states. The ACLU, which represents plaintiffs in both cases, has asked the Court to grant review in order to ...


DOMA-cartoon-wins-prize-Chick-fil-A-founder-dies

DOMA cartoon wins prize; Chick-fil-A founder dies - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nate Beeler has been selected as the 2014 winner of the John Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Competition, for his image in The Columbus Dispatch depicting Lady Justice and Lady Liberty embracing after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act ( DOMA ), according to a press release. He and the 2013 winner, Matt Bors of Portland, Oregon, ...


Streisand-Channel-Neil-Patrick-weds-Sam-Smith-does-Fast-Car

Streisand Channel, Neil Patrick weds, Sam Smith does 'Fast Car' - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - SiriusXM is launching an exclusive, limited-run station featuring the works of Barbra Streisand, according to The Hollywood Reporter. From Sept. 12 through Oct. 10, fans can tune into The Barbra Streisand Channel on Sirius channel 69, XM channel 73 and the SiriusXM Internet Radio App. The channel will feature live and studio recordings spanning Streisand's career, from her 1963 debut ...


7th-Circuit-rules-equal-marriage-bans-unconstitutional-

7th Circuit rules equal marriage bans unconstitutional - - In a swift three-to-zero decision that was issued Sept. 4 in Chicago, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals said marriage-equality bans in Wisconsin and Indiana were unconstitutional. The decision came just nine days after judges heard oral arguments in the cases. The 40-page ruling confirmed many of the concerns that the three-judge panel expressed about how children with LGBT parents ...


Chicago-Surrogacy-Seminar-Gay-Parenting-Expo-Sept-13

Chicago Surrogacy Seminar, Gay Parenting Expo Sept. 13 - From a press release - The first Chicago Surrogacy Seminar & Gay Parenting Expo on September 13 will feature community resources and more than a dozen service providers from the USA and Mexico, as well as information about a new financial assistance program for prospective gay parents. The international organization Men Having Babies is partnering with the Chicago based Center on Halsted and Howard Brown ...


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, ...


Wedding-announcements

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 ...


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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, ...







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