Illinois

Illinois is the 21st U.S. state, admitted to the Union on December 3, 1818. Its most populous city is Chicago, and the state capitol is located in Springfield.

LGBT Rights in Illinois: Same-sex marriage becomes legal in Illinois on June 1, 2014, under a bill passed in the state legislature and signed by Gov. Pat Quinn on Nov. 20, 2013. Illinois has protected LGBT persons from discrimination since 2006, based on legislation enacted in 2005. Illinois has recognized hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual, or heterosexual persons since 2001. The law does not protect attacks based on gender identity as such, but gender identity cases can be prosecuted as perceived sexual orientation cases since the state criminalizes attacks based on one's actual or perceived sexual orientation. The state permits adoption by gay individuals or partners, including second-parent adoptions.

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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 → ]
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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 → ]
Illinois state capitol in Springfield.

Bill to ban conversion therapy on gay youth fails in Ill. state House

Friday, April 11, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A bill that would prohibit conversion therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation of gay youth failed Thursday in the Illinois state House. [ Read more → ]
Illinois state capitol building in Springfield.

Bill that would ban conversion therapy for gay youth advances in Illinois House

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A bill that would prohibit conversion therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation of gay youth is advancing in the Illinois Legislature. [ Read more → ]
Illinois state capitol building in Springfield.

GOP lawmakers who voted for Illinois gay marriage bill win primary races

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Three Republican lawmakers who crossed the aisle last year to to vote in favor of Illinois' marriage equality law, were all victorious in their primary elections Tuesday. [ Read more → ]
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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 → ]
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Ill. gay rights group donates to GOP lawmakers who supported gay marriage

Thursday, March 13, 2014
CHICAGO -- An LGBT rights advocacy group in Illinois is bolstering the campaign funds of two Republican lawmakers. Equality Illinois' political action committee says it plans to put $150,000 into the campaigns of candidates that support same-sex marriage before Tuesday's primary. [ Read more → ]
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Three more Illinois counties issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Thursday, March 6, 2014
While many Illinois counties are waiting until the state's new same-sex marriage becomes law in June and others are waiting for legal advice, the list of counties that will start issuing the licenses immediately is growing. [ Read more → ]
A program and an Illinois rainbow flag is placed on a seat for spectators who witnessed Gov. Pat Quinn sign the marriage bill into law.

Most Illinois clerks in no rush to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
CHICAGO -- County clerks around Illinois say they won't start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples immediately as Attorney General Lisa Madigan said this week they have the right to do. [ Read more → ]
Illinois' Lisa Madigan took a similar stand on 2012 against the state's gay marriage ban, but before the case could go to trial, the Legislature legalized same-sex marriage.

Illinois AG: All county clerks can issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
CHICAGO -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Tuesday told an Illinois county clerk that he and others around the state have the right to immediately issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Madigan issued the guidance in response to a question from Macon County Clerk Stephen... [ Read more → ]
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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 → ]
John Dixon, APMarissa Meli, left, and Laura Meli were the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license at the Champaign County Champaign County Clerks office in Urbana, Ill., on Wednesday Feb. 26, 2014.

Third Illinois county plans to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

Thursday, February 27, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- McLean County, Ill., Clerk Kathy Michael says she hopes to be issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples by the middle of next week, months ahead of the June 1 date when Illinois' marriage equality law is scheduled to take effect. [ Read more → ]
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Second Illinois county begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
URBANA, Ill.-- A second Illinois county has begun issuing same-sex marriage licenses ahead of a new state law that takes effect June 1. [ 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 → ]
Illinois state Rep. Kelly Cassiby with her three sons.

Illinois lawmaker introduces bill to ban conversion therapy on LGBT youth

Sunday, February 23, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A bill that would prohibit the use of controversial gay-to-straight conversion therapy on LGBT youth, has been introduced in the Illinois state legislature. [ Read more → ]
Colin Murphy for LGBTQ NationMetro East Pride festival in Belleville, Ill., in June 2012.

Illinois’ same-sex couples look forward to pride month, celebrating their big day

Saturday, February 22, 2014
BELLEVILLE, Ill. -- While same-sex couples began marrying in Chicago and Illinois' Cook County as a result of a court ruling on Friday, more than a dozen gay and lesbian couples downstate are preparing to celebrate their big day at the 7th annual Metro East PrideFest in Belleville, Ill., on June 21, 2014. [ 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 → ]
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First same-sex couple in line in Cook County to obtain marriage license

Friday, February 21, 2014
CHICAGO — The first same-sex couple is in line in Cook County to get a license. Clerk David Orr said he would start offering the licenses Friday afternoon after a federal judge's ruling. [ Read more → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
Bob Brown, Richmond Times-DispatchVirginia Attorney General Mark Herring speaks during a news conference at his office in Richmond, Va., Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 where he applauded the overnight decision by a federal judge to strike down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage.

Growing number of attorneys general refusing to defend gay marriage bans

Friday, February 14, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. — The day after a federal judge struck down Virginia's gay-marriage ban, state Attorney General Mark Herring wasn't vowing to appeal or insisting his state's law was sound. [ Read more → ]
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GOP urges Ill. candidate to withdraw after blaming bad weather on gay rights

Friday, January 24, 2014
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — Illinois Republican officials are calling for a Chicago-area congressional candidate to leave the GOP race after she blamed bad weather on legalized abortions and gay rights, but Susanne Atanus said she won't back down. [ Read more → ]
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GOP lawmakers propose bills to amend, repeal marriage equality in Illinois

Friday, January 24, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Two Republican lawmakers have already proposed bills to amend or repeal Illinois’ recently approved marriage equality law before it is set to take effect in June. [ Read more → ]
Daily HeraldSusanne Atanus

Candidate: Autism, dementia are God’s punishment for abortion, gay marriage

Thursday, January 23, 2014
CHICAGO – A Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives says that autism and dementia are punishments from God, who is angry over abortion and same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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