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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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 → ]

Couples in Lambda Legal, ACLU suit seek ruling on Ill. gay marriage ban

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
CHICAGO -- Twenty-five couples who filed a lawsuit challenging Illinois' ban on gay marriage asked a judge on Wednesday to rule quickly in their favor, saying a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down part of a law denying federal benefits to married gay couples creates a new urgency in the state. [ Read more → ]

Lambda Legal, ACLU to seek ‘swift ruling’ in challenge to Ill. gay marriage ban

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
CHICAGO -- Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois said Tuesday they plan to file a motion for summary judgment, asking for a swift ruling in an ongoing lawsuit seeking to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois. [ 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 → ]
WLS-TVMarriage equality supporters protest inaction by the state house on the marriage bill in Chicago on June 1.

Equality Illinois plans $500K ‘Fight Back for Marriage’ campaign

Monday, June 17, 2013
CHICAGO — Equality Illinois, a statewide LGBT advocacy group, said Monday it plans to launch a $500,000 effort to promote same-sex marriage ahead of the 2014 election. [ Read more → ]

15 Ill. lawmakers who backed marriage bill apologize to gay marriage advocates

Monday, June 3, 2013
CHICAGO -- Backers of a measure that would've legalized same-sex marriage in Illinois have written a letter to advocates saying it's not the time for them "to splinter." [ Read more → ]
APMichael Madigan

Ill. House speaker extends marriage bill deadline for possible summer session

Saturday, June 1, 2013
The Illinois same-sex marriage bill had its deadline date for approval extended into the summer. House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) acted quietly on Friday night before the House adjourned to extend the bill’s deadline for approval until August 31. [ 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 → ]
Gov. Pat Quinn (D-Ill.)

Illinois governor: Fight for same-sex marriage in Illinois is not over

Friday, May 31, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday the fight for same-sex marriage in Illinois is not over. [ Read more → ]
Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago)

BREAKING: Illinois House adjourns without voting on same-sex marriage bill

Friday, May 31, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Despite urging from President Barack Obama in his home state and fierce on-the-ground campaigning, a legislative measure that would have made Illinois the 13th state to allow same-sex couples to marry didn't rally enough support from lawmakers in the House. [ Read more → ]

Obama encourages Ill. lawmakers to approve marriage equality bill

Thursday, May 30, 2013
CHICAGO -- President Barack Obama, appearing at a Democratic fundraiser in Chicago Wednesday night, encouraged Illinois state lawmakers to approve a pending marriage equality, calling it "the right thing to do." [ Read more → ]

Frustration mounts as vote nears on Illinois same-sex marriage bill

Thursday, May 30, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Black lawmakers undecided on gay marriage are feeling increasing pressure as a vote nears, but are keeping mum on their plans. [ Read more → ]
LaShawn Ford

Previously undecided Ill. lawmaker says he supports gay marriage bill

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Another undecided lawmaker in Illinois has announced his support for a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Illinois state capitol in Springfield.

Illinois lawmakers weigh same-sex marriage as vote looms

Sunday, May 26, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Gay rights advocates are vowing to call a vote in the state's House this week to make Illinois the 13th state to embrace same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Pat Quinn (D-Ill.)

Governor pressures Ill. House to act on marriage bill before session ends

Monday, May 20, 2013
CHICAGO -- Gov. Pat Quinn says Illinois has a chance to make history before the end of the legislative session, and is pressuring House lawmakers to act on the issue of marriage equality. [ Read more → ]
Ron Sandack

Gay marriage supporter drops bid to lead Illinois Republican Party

Thursday, May 16, 2013
CHICAGO — A candidate for the chairmanship of the Illinois Republican Party who supports same-sex marriage has pulled out of contention for the post. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Pat Quinn (D-Ill.)

Ill. governor to House lawmakers: ‘It’s time to vote’ on marriage equality bill

Friday, May 10, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, IL -- Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Thursday called on state lawmakers in the House to send him the bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, and said they have had enough time to consider the pending legislation. [ Read more → ]
Pat Brady

Ill. GOP chair who supports marriage equality steps down

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady resigned Tuesday, citing his wife's battle with cancer and his desire to focus on family after six tough years in Republican politics. [ Read more → ]

Four country music stars announce their support for Ill. marriage equality bill

Friday, May 3, 2013
CHICAGO -- Four country music stars are announcing their support for legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois. [ Read more → ]
James Meeks

Black ministers robocall against same-sex marriage in Illinois

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
CHICAGO — A coalition of Chicago-area black clergy have started "robocalls" in opposition to legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois. [ Read more → ]

With R.I. a done deal, focus shifts to gay marriage bills in six other states

Monday, April 29, 2013
With Rhode Island poised to become the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage following a key vote in the state’s General Assembly scheduled for Thursday, supporters of marriage equality are shifting their focus to other states. [ Read more → ]
Ken DunkinAP

Leader of Ill. Black Caucus signs on to support marriage equality bill

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
CHICAGO — The leader of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus has signed on to co-sponsor a measure that would authorize same-sex couples to marry in the state. [ Read more → ]
Pat Brady

Ill. GOP chair who supports gay marriage, survives latest ouster attempt

Saturday, April 13, 2013
TINLEY PARK, Ill. -- Tensions flared Saturday over who should lead an Illinois Republican Party grappling with internal divisions and fallout from a dismal showing in the 2012 elections. [ Read more → ]
Tom Cross

Top Illinois House Republican won’t say if he supports marriage equality bill

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The top Republican in the Illinois House won't say how he would vote on a measure that would allow same-sex couples to marry. [ Read more → ]
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