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Ill. warns insurers about discriminating against transgender people

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The state of Illinois has cautioned insurers about discriminating against transgender people. The Illinois Department of Insurance bulletin issued to insurers this week details nondiscrimination provisions in the federal Affordable Care Act along with Illinois laws. Backers say the move was prompted by concerns for transgender people's [...]

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Report: More than 5,000 same-sex marriages in Illinois

Thursday, July 10, 2014
CHICAGO -- A survey indicates thousands of same-sex couples are marrying in Illinois. In a news release, Equality Illinois reports that a survey of all 102 Illinois counties revealed that at least 3,274 marriage licenses have been issued and another 1,694 civil unions were converted to marriages. [...]

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

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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 [...]

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Anti-gay group planning worldwide conference in Salt Lake City

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY -- An international conservative group that opposes homosexuality is planning its first worldwide conference in the U.S. next year - a four-day gathering in Utah, a state that has become a focal point in the gay marriage movement. The World Congress of Families is based in Rockford, [...]

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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 [...]

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Ill. marriage equality advocates criticize GOP candidate’s opposition

Friday, June 27, 2014
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 [...]

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U.S. Senate confirms two openly gay nominees to the federal bench

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed two openly gay nominees to the federal bench, the White House announced. Darrin Gayles was confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and Staci Yandle was confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of [...]

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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
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 [...]

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

Monday, June 2, 2014
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 [...]

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