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Illinois lawmaker introduces bill to ban conversion therapy on LGBT youth

Sunday, February 23, 2014
Illinois state Rep. Kelly Cassiby with her three sons.
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. ...

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

Saturday, February 22, 2014
Colin Murphy for LGBTQ NationMetro East Pride festival in Belleville, Ill., in June 2012.
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 ...

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

Friday, February 21, 2014
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.
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 ...

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

Friday, February 21, 2014
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, center, signs the state's marriage equality bill into law on Nov. 20, 2013. The measure goes into effect statewide June 1, 2014.
CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is applauding a federal judge's ruling to allow same-sex couples in Cook County to immediately wed. ...

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First same-sex couple in line in Cook County to obtain marriage license

Friday, February 21, 2014
TwitterCharlie Gurion and David Wilk
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. ...

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Chicago mayor Emanuel praises ruling allowing gay couples to begin marrying

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

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

Friday, February 21, 2014
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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 ...

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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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