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Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 7:48 PM
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By Associated Press

Lisa Madigan Gives County Clerks Gay Marriage Green Light

Lisa Madigan Gives County Clerks Gay Marriage Green Light

Attorney General Lisa Madigan is telling Illinois' county clerks they have the right to immediately issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 at 11:35 AM
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By BJ Lutz

2nd Ill. County Starts Offering Gay Marriage Licenses

2nd Ill. County Starts Offering Gay Marriage Licenses

Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten said the decision comes after a judge's ruling last week declaring Illinois' ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Read »

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 9:37 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Mary Ann Ahern
      

46 Gay Couples Pick Up Marriage Licenses Friday

"There is no reason to delay further when no opposition has been presented to this Court and committed gay and lesbian couples have already suffered from the denial of their fundamental right to marry," said... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 at 10:37 PM
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By Associated Press

Indiana Governor Seeks Vote On Gay Marriage

Indiana Governor Seeks Vote On Gay Marriage

Republican Gov. Mike Pence says the debate over whether to amend Indiana's constitution to ban gay marriage should be decided "once and for all" this year. Read »

Thursday, Nov 21, 2013 at 1:40 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson
      

Illinois Same-Sex Marriage Reactions Tell of Joy

Many, but not all, in the state are rejoicing and looking forward to what they see as a new era of equality and acceptance in their state. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013 at 7:10 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Gov. Quinn To Sign Illinois Gay Marriage Bill Today

A packed house is expected to be on hand to witness Gov. Pat Quinn will sign SB10 at 3:30 p.m. at the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum. Read »

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 5:25 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Hawaii Legalizes Gay Marriage, Making Ill. 16th

Hawaii Legalizes Gay Marriage, Making Ill. 16th

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed legislation Wednesday legalizing gay marriage in that state. Same-sex marriages are set to begin in the island state on Dec. 2. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013 at 7:09 PM
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By Haley BeMiller

Gay Lawmaker Pops the Question After Bill Passes

Gay Lawmaker Pops the Question After Bill Passes

Rep. Sam Yingling got engaged to his partner after Illinois passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013 at 11:42 PM
      

Supporters Praise Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Illinois legislators react to General Assembly's decision to pass a bill supporting same-sex marriage, but not everyone is happy about the new law. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 6:07 PM
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By Ward Room Staff, The Associated Press
      

Gay Marriage Opponents Rally in Springfield

The "Defend Marriage Lobby Day" event is sponsored by the Illinois Family Institute. It follows Tuesday's "March on Springfield" protest by gay marriage supporters. Read »

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