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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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Terminally ill woman, partner to be first same-sex couple to marry in Illinois

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Timmy Samuel, Courtesy of Starbelly Studios (AP)This June 2011photo provided by Starbelly Studios in Chicago shows Vernita Gray, left, and Patricia Ewert smiling during their civil union ceremony at Millennium Park in Chicago.
CHICAGO -- Even as they celebrated their home state becoming the 16th to legalize same-sex marriage, Chicago couple Vernita Gray and Patricia Ewert couldn't help but feel bitter disappointment: Marriages cannot legally start in Illinois until June 1, 2014, a day one of them might not live to see. [...]

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Judge orders expedited marriage license so terminally ill woman can wed partner

Monday, November 25, 2013
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CHICAGO -- The U.S. District Court in Chicago has ordered Cook County's clerk to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple, one of whom is terminally ill. [...]

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Illinois governor Pat Quinn signs marriage equality bill into law

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
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 signed legislation Wednesday allowing same-sex weddings starting this summer, making President Barack Obama's home state the 16th overall - and largest in the nation's heartland - to legalize gay marriage. [...]

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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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