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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
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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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 ...

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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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