Chicago IL

Chicago is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Illinois, and the third most populous city in the U.S., with approximately 2.7 million residents. Its metropolitan area (also called “Chicagoland”), which extends into Indiana and Wisconsin, is the third-largest in the United States, after those of New York City and Los Angeles, with an estimated 9.8 million people. Chicago is the county seat of Cook County. [ Wikipedia → ]

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Wayne Besen

‘Truth Wins Out’ founder launches Chicago radio program

Friday, April 18, 2014
CHICAGO -- Author and human rights advocate Wayne Besen will kick off a new radio show, “I’ve Got Issues,” on Saturday on Chicago's WCPT, an independent progressive talk radio station. [ Read more → ]

Cook County, Ill., approaches 1,000 marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Thursday, April 17, 2014
CHICAGO -- Cook County, Ill., has issued almost 1,000 marriage licenses since it was allowed to do so by a court ruling. [ Read more → ]

Chicago man receives email from Sprint addressing him as ‘gay sissyboy’

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
CHICAGO -- A Chicago man says he received an email from mobile phone carrier Sprint addressing him as a "gay sissyboy" after calling the carrier's customer service line. [ Read more → ]
Daily HeraldSusanne Atanus

U.S. Congress hopeful who said God punishes gay marriage with bad weather, wins primary

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
CHICAGO -- U.S. Congress hopeful Susanne Atanus, who said in January that God has put tornadoes and diseases such as autism and dementia on earth as punishment for gay rights and legalized abortions, won a narrow victory in Tuesday's GOP primary. [ Read more → ]

Cook County, Ill., issues 258 marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
CHICAGO — Cook County issued 258 marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the first week it was allowed to do so by a court ruling. [ Read more → ]
M. Spencer Green, APCharlie Gurion, center, and David Wilk hold up their marriage license as Cook County Clerk David Orr, left looks on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Chicago.

Cook County, Ill., issues more than 80 marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
CHICAGO — More than 80 same-sex couples have gotten marriage licenses in Cook County, including some from other Illinois counties who apparently didn't want to wait until gay marriage becomes legal statewide on June 1. [ Read more → ]
Cook County Clerk David Orr, left, performs a marriage ceremony for Theresa Volpe, second from left, and Mercedes Santos on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Chicago.

Wedding bells ring early for same-sex couples in Illinois’ Cook County

Friday, February 21, 2014
CHICAGO — Jubilant same-sex couples began lining up for marriage licenses in Chicago on Friday after a federal judge ruled there was no reason for residents of Illinois' largest county to wait until the state's new gay marriage law takes effect, a decision some hope will prompt county clerks statewide to begin issuing the documents. [ Read more → ]
M. Spencer Green, APIllinois Gov. Pat Quinn, center, signs the state's Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act into law, making Illinois the 16th state in the nation to embrace full marriage equality for same sex couples, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, in Chicago.

Ill. governor applauds ruling allowing same-sex couples to wed in Cook County

Friday, February 21, 2014
CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is applauding a federal judge's ruling to allow same-sex couples in Cook County to immediately wed. [ Read more → ]
APRahm Emanuel

Chicago mayor Emanuel praises ruling allowing gay couples to begin marrying

Friday, February 21, 2014
CHICAGO -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is praising a federal judge's ruling that allows gay couple to marry immediately in Cook County. [ Read more → ]

Federal judge says same-sex marriages can begin in Chicago, Cook County

Friday, February 21, 2014
CHICAGO — A federal judge says same-sex couples in Chicago don't have to wait until June to marry. Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman's Friday order says there is no reason to delay same-sex marriages in Illinois, when the state's law is set to take effect. [ Read more → ]
Charles Rex Arbogast, APHolding their Illinois marriage license, Vernita Gray, left, and Patricia Ewert kiss after they were married by Cook County Judge Patricia Logue, the first gay marriage in Illinois, at the couple's home Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, in Chicago.

Terminally ill woman, partner exchange vows in Illinois’ first same-sex wedding

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
CHICAGO -- Two Chicago women on Wednesday became the first same-sex couple to say their vows in Illinois after a federal judge granted an expedited marriage license because of one woman's ailing health. [ Read more → ]
Timmy Samuel, Courtesy of Starbelly Studios (AP)This June 2011photo provided by Starbelly Studios in Chicago shows Vernita Gray, left, and Patricia Ewert smiling during their civil union ceremony at Millennium Park in Chicago.

Terminally ill woman, partner to be first same-sex couple to marry in Illinois

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
CHICAGO -- Even as they celebrated their home state becoming the 16th to legalize same-sex marriage, Chicago couple Vernita Gray and Patricia Ewert couldn't help but feel bitter disappointment: Marriages cannot legally start in Illinois until June 1, 2014, a day one of them might not live to see. [ Read more → ]
Cardinal Francis George

Cardinal George blasts gay marriage in letter to all Chicago-area Catholics

Sunday, November 17, 2013
CHICAGO -- One of the most high-profile religious leaders who opposed Illinois' new same-sex marriage legislation says the law will have consequences for the church and society. [ Read more → ]
Michael R. Schmidt, Sun-Times Media/APChicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is greeted Tuesday evening as he joins revelers at Sidetrack, a well-known gay bar in Chicago's Boystown neighborhood, where celebrations were taking place after the state Legislature in Springfield voted to legalize same-sex marriage.

Chicago mayor celebrates passage of marriage bill with visit to gay bar

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
CHICAGO -- Celebrations in Chicago for the state's newly approved same-sex marriage law included a visit by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to a well-known gay bar in the city's Boystown neighborhood. [ Read more → ]
Chicago, Ill.

Suburban Chicago mayors back Ill. same-sex marriage legislation

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
GENEVA, Ill. -- Seven mayors from the Chicago suburbs are signing on in support of same-sex marriage legislation. [ Read more → ]
WBBM-TVSteven White (left) and Matt McCrea.

Lambda Legal sues after cab driver kicks out gay couple for exchanging a kiss

Monday, October 28, 2013
CHICAGO -- Lambda Legal on Monday filed a lawsuit on behalf a same-sex couple who were refused service and kicked out of a Chicago cab after they exchanged a kiss. [ Read more → ]
Cardinal Francis George

Cardinal defends funding cuts for immigration groups that support gay marriage

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
CHICAGO -- Cardinal Francis George, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Chicago, is defending his decision to bar church funding for immigrant rights groups that support same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Chicago, Ill.

Equality Illinois calls on Chicago to end relationship with Moscow

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
CHICAGO – Equality Illinois on Tuesday urged the City of Chicago to suspend its sister city relationship with Moscow as part of a concerted effort to protest Russia's criminalization of gay rights activism. [ Read more → ]

Chicago police: Attack on lesbian couple an anti-gay hate crime

Thursday, July 11, 2013
CHICAGO -- A lesbian couple was attacked in a Chicago neighborhood on Saturday night by as many as 10 men who taunted them for being gay and took turns punching and kicking them on the dark street. [ Read more → ]
Noah Berger, APJoseph and Tim Ginejko hold their 6-month-old twin daughters while watching San Francisco's pride parade on Sunday. The couple, who traveled from Fresno, Calif. for the celebration, wed in 2008.

PHOTOS: Millions flock to pride events just days after Supreme Court rulings

Monday, July 1, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO — Millions of gay rights supporters crowded parade routes in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Minneapolis and other major U.S. cities to celebrate what once was unimaginable — two Supreme Court victories on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Scott Eisen, APMany participants in the Chicago Gay Pride Parade on Sunday wore t-shirts proclaiming their support for marriage equality in Illinois.

Fight for marriage equality in Ill. the focus of participants at Chicago Pride

Sunday, June 30, 2013
CHICAGO — Energized by recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings, massive rainbow-covered crowds gathered Sunday for Chicago's annual Pride Parade with attendees, advocates and politicians vowing to continue the fight for gay marriage in Illinois. [ Read more → ]

Chicago cab driver kicks gay couple out of taxi for ‘first base’ kiss

Saturday, June 1, 2013
CHICAGO -- A gay couple alleges an innocent kiss nearly caused them to be ejected from their cab onto a rain-slicked Kennedy Expressway in Chicago on Thursday night. [ Read more → ]
Rev. Dr. B. Herbert Martin

Chicago-area black clergy members amp up support for same-sex marriage

Thursday, April 4, 2013
CHICAGO — A group of black Chicago area clergy members say they're supporting gay marriage not as a religious issue, but because it's a matter of equality. [ Read more → ]

Black clergy air radio ads opposing Illinois marriage equality bill

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
CHICAGO -- Chicago-area black clergy amped up opposition to a measure that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois, airing radio ads and "robo-calling" residents in black communities urging them to ask their representatives to vote against the bill. [ Read more → ]

Chicago Tribune on same-sex marriage: ‘It’s the fair thing to do’

Monday, February 18, 2013
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Tribune, the eighth largest daily newspaper in the United States by circulation, on Monday announced support for legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois. [ Read more → ]
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