gay marriage http://wkms.org en IL Clergy Send Letter Urging Marriage Equality http://wkms.org/post/il-clergy-send-letter-urging-marriage-equality <p></p><p>A coalition of clergy members and faith leaders has sent a letter to Illinois House members encouraging them to support gay marriage.</p><p>The letter has more than 300 signatures. It says allowing same-sex couples to marry is "morally just."</p><p>The Illinois General Assembly returns to Springfield this week and supporters of gay marriage hope the House will take up the bill, which passed in the Illinois Senate on Valentine's Day. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:42:45 +0000 The Associated Press 36254 at http://wkms.org IL Clergy Send Letter Urging Marriage Equality Military Veterans Join IL Push For Gay Marriage http://wkms.org/post/military-veterans-join-il-push-gay-marriage <p></p><p>Illinois military veterans are joining the effort to legalize gay marriage in the state. A group called &quot;Veterans Unite for Marriage&quot; is pressing the Illinois House to OK same-sex marriage during the legislative session that begins later this month.</p><p>Federal benefits are available to spouses of gay service members, but only if their marriages are recognized in their home states. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 11:09:37 +0000 The Associated Press 35380 at http://wkms.org Military Veterans Join IL Push For Gay Marriage Illinois Black Caucus Chair Signs on Gay Marriage Bill http://wkms.org/post/illinois-black-caucus-chair-signs-gay-marriage-bill <p></p><p>The leader of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus says the fate of a measure that would authorize same-sex couples to marry in Illinois may rest with 20 black legislators in the state House.&nbsp;</p><p>Rep. Ken Dunkin is the head of the 30-member group. He announced his support for the legislation Tuesday.</p><p>The Chicago Democrat says he hopes to convince other black legislators to support the measure. He says the bill may fail if it doesn't get the yes vote from members of his caucus. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:12:54 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 30949 at http://wkms.org Illinois Black Caucus Chair Signs on Gay Marriage Bill Illinois GOP Leader Mum on Supporting Gay Marriage http://wkms.org/post/illinois-gop-leader-mum-supporting-gay-marriage <p></p><p>The top Republican in the Illinois House won't say how he would vote on a measure allowing same-sex couples to marry. &nbsp;</p><p>House Minority Leader Tom Cross declined to publicly state his position yesterday, a day after Republican Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr. came out in favor of the issue. Sullivan said momentum for legalizing gay marriage is building. Cross said House Republicans will vote based on their backgrounds, beliefs and personal experiences.&nbsp; Wed, 10 Apr 2013 12:17:51 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 30377 at http://wkms.org Illinois GOP Leader Mum on Supporting Gay Marriage Illinois GOP Leader in Favor of Gay Marriage http://wkms.org/post/illinois-gop-leader-favor-gay-marriage <p></p><p>An Illinois House Republican leader has announced his support for legalizing gay marriage in the state.</p><p>Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr. says his mother-in-law influenced his position. She's been in a lesbian relationship for about 20 years.</p><p>Sullivan is the second GOP House member to support gay marriage and the first member of Minority Leader Tom Cross's leadership team.&nbsp; The proposal got Senate approval in February and a House vote is expected soon. Tue, 09 Apr 2013 12:18:40 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 30317 at http://wkms.org Illinois GOP Leader in Favor of Gay Marriage Illinois' Republican Senator Supports Gay Marriage http://wkms.org/post/illinois-republican-senator-supports-gay-marriage <p></p><p>Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois says he supports same-sex marriage. Kirk said in a post on his blog yesterday that same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage. He says what matters in life is who you love and "government has no place in the middle." Wed, 03 Apr 2013 11:23:51 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 30088 at http://wkms.org Illinois' Republican Senator Supports Gay Marriage Illinois House Committee OKs Gay Marriage http://wkms.org/post/illinois-house-committee-oks-gay-marriage <p></p><p>An Illinois House committee has endorsed allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry. The House Executive Committee voted last night to move a measure lifting the state's ban on same-sex marriage to the floor.</p><p>Democratic Rep. Greg Harris says his bill is a matter of treating gay and heterosexual couples equally under the law.&nbsp; Advocates say the measure would also help eliminate discrimination against children of homosexual couples. But opponents say the bill steps on religious freedom. They argue lawmakers don't have the right to redefine marriage. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 15:06:46 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 28610 at http://wkms.org Illinois House Committee OKs Gay Marriage Illinois Senate Votes to Legalize Gay Marriage http://wkms.org/post/illinois-senate-votes-legalize-gay-marriage <p></p><p>The Illinois Senate has voted to legalize gay marriage, advancing a proposal that would make the state the 10th in the nation allowing same-sex couples to wed.&nbsp; Lawmakers approved a measure to lift a state ban on same-sex marriage yesterday with a 34 - 21 vote. The bill now moves to the House, where Democrats also hold a majority. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 12:42:29 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 28110 at http://wkms.org Illinois Senate Votes to Legalize Gay Marriage Illinois Judge Won't Delay Lawsuit Over Gay Marriage Ban http://wkms.org/post/illinois-judge-wont-delay-lawsuit-over-gay-marriage-ban <p></p><p>Thomas More Society attorneys say they aren’t too unhappy that a Cook County judge ruled against them in a gay marriage case. Chicago-based Thomas More Society attorney Tom Brejcha says he is looking forward to briefings on the motion to dismiss the case. A Cook County judge denied the law firm's request yesterday&nbsp; to delay the case pending U.S. Supreme Court action on gay marriage. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 12:50:00 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 28053 at http://wkms.org Illinois Judge Won't Delay Lawsuit Over Gay Marriage Ban Quinn Gives IL State of State Address http://wkms.org/post/quinn-gives-il-state-state-address <p></p><p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says the toughest issue for the state is its worst-in-the-nation public pension system, but he only made scattered references to it throughout his State of the State address Wednesday. Quinn supports Senate Bill 1, which would increase contributions and reduce benefits. The bill sponsored by Senate President John Cullerton failed to get a House vote. Illinois has nearly $100 billion in unfunded liability. Thu, 07 Feb 2013 13:31:17 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 27757 at http://wkms.org Quinn Gives IL State of State Address