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Catholic Church fires music director over plans to marry same-sex partner

| Thursday, July 31, 2014
Colin Collette, left, and Will Nifong, in Rome where the couple got engaged.
INVERNESS, Ill. -- The longtime music director at a suburban Chicago Roman Catholic church says he was fired after posting on social media plans to marry his same-sex partner. Colin Collette says his partner proposed to him last week in front of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. After leading the music on Sunday ...

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Old Ill. marriage law disappoints many out-of-state same-sex couples

| Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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A provision in Illinois' marriage law is resulting in disappointment for many same-sex couples in neighboring states hoping to cross the border to obtain a marriage license. Enacted years before same-sex marriage became legal in Illinois, the law states law states that a marriage license is void if that couple is barred from marrying in the state where they live.

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Season of Pride: More than one million pack Chicago streets for LGBT Pride

| Sunday, June 29, 2014
Charlie Gurion, left, kisses his husband David Wirk at the 45th Annual Chicago Pride Parade in Chicago, Sunday, June 29, 2014. Gurion and Wirk were the first same-sex  couple to marry in Cook County on Feb. 21, 2014.
CHICAGO -- More than one million people packed Chicago streets Sunday for the first Gay Pride Parade since Illinois legalized same-sex marriage statewide this month, making the annual event one of the largest in the U.S. Many who came early to grab a good spot along the route said the new law makes this year's parade more festive...

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Ill. marriage equality advocates criticize GOP candidate’s opposition

| Friday, June 27, 2014
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CHICAGO -- Gay rights supporters are using the upcoming Chicago Pride Parade to draw attention to Republican Bruce Rauner's statements that he would have vetoed Illinois' same-sex marriage bill. Equality Illinois on Thursday unveiled a two-story banner featuring a photo of the GOP gubernatorial candidate and comments he made about the law.

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Quinn, Emanuel attend Illinois same-sex marriage celebration

| Sunday, June 8, 2014
Gov. Pat Quinn (D-Ill.) pays tribute to marriage equality advocates at a celebration in Chicago on June 8, 2014.
A swanky brunch paying tribute Sunday to those who helped pass Illinois' new same-sex marriage law wasn't free from election-year politics as organizers deemed Gov. Pat Quinn "the most pro-gay governor in the history of Illinois" and knocked his Republican re-election challenger.

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Cook County, Ill., reports 120 same-sex civil unions converted to marriages

| Tuesday, June 3, 2014
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CHICAGO -- Cook County, Ill., Clerk David Orr says 120 same-sex couples converted civil unions to marriages Monday as Illinois' new marriage equality law took effect. The same law allowing same-sex marriage also allows same-sex couples to easily convert civil unions into marriages, and the couple's date of marriage is backdated to their date of civil union.

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Same-sex marriage becomes focus of Illinois’ governor’s race

| Monday, June 2, 2014
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After weeks of focusing on Illinois' mammoth financial problems, the governor's race turned to the issue of same-sex marriage Monday as gay couples took vows under the state's new law. Gov. Pat Quinn attended one wedding ceremony while advocates accused his Republican challenger, Bruce Rauner, of being against efforts to legalize same-sex marriage.

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After 50 years together, Illinois marriage plaintiffs exchange vows

| Monday, June 2, 2014
Jim Darby (left) and Patrick Bova
CHICAGO -- Jim Darby and Patrick Bova, lead plaintiffs in Lambda Legal's lawsuit seeking marriage equality for same-sex couples in Illinois, were married Monday after more than 50 years together. Among those attending the wedding at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art was Gov. Pat Quinn.

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Gay rights group blasts Ill. gubernatorial candidate on gay marriage opposition

| Monday, June 2, 2014
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CHICAGO -- Gay rights advocates are blasting Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner's stance on the issue as Illinois' new law allowing same-sex marriages takes effect statewide. Equality Illinois CEO Bernard Cherkasov says the Winnetka businessman has opposed efforts for the new law and has previously vowed to work against them.

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Ill. insurance marketplace to open special enrollment for married, gay couples

| Sunday, June 1, 2014
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CHICAGO — Illinois’ health insurance marketplace is now allowing married, gay and lesbian couples to enroll for private coverage. Now that same-sex marriage is legal in the state, Get Covered Illinois announced it will open up special enrollment periods for gay couples.

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