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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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Illinois governor to sign marriage equality bill into law

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Pat Quinn
CHICAGO -- When Gov. Pat Quinn signs a landmark law allowing same-sex marriage in the state, he'll be incorporating a piece of Illinois history. [...]

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Cardinal George blasts gay marriage in letter to all Chicago-area Catholics

Sunday, November 17, 2013
Cardinal Francis George
CHICAGO -- One of the most high-profile religious leaders who opposed Illinois' new same-sex marriage legislation says the law will have consequences for the church and society. [...]

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Ill. Catholic bishop to hold gay marriage ‘exorcism’ when governor signs bill

Thursday, November 14, 2013
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A Roman Catholic bishop in Illinois said Thursday he will preside over a prayer service of “supplication and exorcism” next week to coincide with they ceremony in which Gov. Pat Quinn will sign the state's marriage equality bill into law. [...]

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Lawsuit challenging Ill. same-sex marriage ban on hold

Thursday, November 14, 2013
Seth Perlman, APRandy Hannig, center, of Equality Illinois, hands out shirts supporting gay marriage and explains how people can help support the cause during the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Ill. on August 14.
CHICAGO -- A lawsuit challenging Illinois' ban on gay marriage is on hold until newly approved legislation allowing same-sex marriage takes effect next summer. [...]

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Catholic Church yanks YMCA grant over relationship with pro-gay marriage group

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The Catholic Church is rescinding a $60,000 grant to the University YMCA in Champaign, Ill., because the organization has refused to cut ties with an LGBT support group that backs same-sex marriage in Illinois. [...]

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Illinois approval of same-sex marriage could influence proposed ban in Indiana

Friday, November 8, 2013
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INDIANAPOLIS — Opponents of a push to amend Indiana's constitution to ban same-sex marriage say Illinois lawmakers' approval of marriage equality is a big victory that could help their cause. [...]

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Judge issues stay of Illinois same-sex marriage lawsuit

Friday, November 8, 2013
Patrick Bova and Jim Darby, lead plaintiffs in the Lambda Legal suit, entered into a civil union in 2011.
CHICAGO -- A Cook County judge has issued a temporary stay of a lawsuit that challenged Illinois' ban on same-sex marriage. [...]

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Gov. Quinn to sign Illinois marriage equality bill Nov. 20

Thursday, November 7, 2013
Gov. Pat Quinn (D-Ill.)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Gov. Pat Quinn says he's planning to sign same-sex marriage legislation on Nov. 20 in Chicago. [...]

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Ill. lawmaker: Son would be proud I voted for gay marriage in his final hours

Thursday, November 7, 2013
Naomi Jakobsson
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- An Illinois lawmaker says her late son would be proud that she returned to the state capitol to vote for same-sex marriage in his last hours. [...]

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Wedding plans get underway as Illinois same-sex couples gear up for marriage

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Seth Perlman, APMarriage equality supporters at a rally in Springfield, Ill., on Monday, the day before lawmakers passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Just a few hours after state lawmakers approved same-sex marriage in Illinois, Chicago wedding planner Lindsay Parrott started getting her first inquiries for summer weddings. [...]

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