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Growing number of attorneys general refusing to defend gay marriage bans

Friday, February 14, 2014
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.
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. [...]

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GOP urges Ill. candidate to withdraw after blaming bad weather on gay rights

Friday, January 24, 2014
Daily HeraldSusanne Atanus
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. [...]

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GOP lawmakers propose bills to amend, repeal marriage equality in Illinois

Friday, January 24, 2014
Kyle McCarter
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. [...]

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

Thursday, January 23, 2014
Daily HeraldSusanne Atanus
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. [...]

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Ill. innkeeper expects more legal troubles when he refuses to host gay weddings

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Jim Walder
PAXTON, Ill. — The owner of an Illinois inn who is the subject of a civil rights complaint for refusing to host same-sex civil union ceremonies, says he will refuse to allow same-sex weddings when the state's marriage equality law takes effect in June. [...]

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Obama nominates out lesbian attorney to federal court in Illinois

Friday, January 17, 2014
Staci Michelle Yandle
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has nominated out lesbian attorney Staci Michelle Yandle to serve in the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, the White House announced on Thursday. [...]

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Retaliation for same-sex marriage support not a 2014 Ill. primary issue – yet

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
The Illinois House votes 61-54 to legalize same-sex marriage.
CHICAGO -- When Illinois lawmakers considered a landmark vote on same-sex marriage, religious and conservative groups vowed to retaliate against those who voted in favor by grooming potential primary challengers in next year's elections. [...]

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Judge OKs Illinois same-sex marriages in cases of life-threatening illnesses

Monday, December 16, 2013
Photos: Charles Rex Arbogast, APPatricia Ewert, left, and Vernita Gray, right, stand before Cook County Judge Patricia Logue, center, as she presides over their wedding ceremony.
CHICAGO -- Gay couples who want to wed immediately in Illinois because one partner has a life-threatening illness could do so starting Monday, rather than waiting until the state's same-sex law takes effect in June. [...]

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Bill allowing Ill. gay weddings to take effect sooner than June may see vote

Thursday, November 28, 2013
Photos: Charles Rex Arbogast, APPatricia Ewert, left, and Vernita Gray, right, stand before Cook County Judge Patricia Logue, center, as she presides over their wedding ceremony.
CHICAGO -- A same-sex couples' expedited marriage license could mean the start of other efforts to move up the effective date of Illinois' new same-sex marriage law. [...]

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

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
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.
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. [...]

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