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4:42 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

What's Next Now That Kentucky's Same-Sex Marriage Law Has Been Upheld

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 6:59 pm

Update 8 p.m.: What's Next

Dan Canon, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said the plaintiffs on Thursday were considering their next move—and there will be a next move.

"We are disappointed, and we think the ruling is wrong, but we do not intend to let it go unchallenged," Canon said in an emailed response to questions.

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4:54 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Beshear Argues Same Sex Marriage Would Be an Economic Drag on Kentucky


In a brief filed in court, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says same sex marriage would hurt the economy by not producing children. Meanwhile, supporters of same-sex marriage say their opponents are running out of ideas.

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6:42 am
Mon November 4, 2013

IL Clergy Send Letter Urging Marriage Equality

A coalition of clergy members and faith leaders has sent a letter to Illinois House members encouraging them to support gay marriage.

The letter has more than 300 signatures. It says allowing same-sex couples to marry is "morally just."

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.

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6:09 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Military Veterans Join IL Push For Gay Marriage

Illinois military veterans are joining the effort to legalize gay marriage in the state. A group called "Veterans Unite for Marriage" is pressing the Illinois House to OK same-sex marriage during the legislative session that begins later this month.

Federal benefits are available to spouses of gay service members, but only if their marriages are recognized in their home states.

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7:12 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Illinois Black Caucus Chair Signs on Gay Marriage Bill

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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. 

Rep. Ken Dunkin is the head of the 30-member group. He announced his support for the legislation Tuesday.

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.

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7:17 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Illinois GOP Leader Mum on Supporting Gay Marriage

The top Republican in the Illinois House won't say how he would vote on a measure allowing same-sex couples to marry.  

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. 

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7:18 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Illinois GOP Leader in Favor of Gay Marriage

An Illinois House Republican leader has announced his support for legalizing gay marriage in the state.

Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr. says his mother-in-law influenced his position. She's been in a lesbian relationship for about 20 years.

Sullivan is the second GOP House member to support gay marriage and the first member of Minority Leader Tom Cross's leadership team.  The proposal got Senate approval in February and a House vote is expected soon.

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6:23 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Illinois' Republican Senator Supports Gay Marriage


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."

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9:06 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Illinois House Committee OKs Gay Marriage

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.

Democratic Rep. Greg Harris says his bill is a matter of treating gay and heterosexual couples equally under the law.  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.

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6:42 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Illinois Senate Votes to Legalize Gay Marriage

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.  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.

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