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Gay Chicago Alderman to Get Married in Seattle

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Gay Chicago Alderman to Get Married in Seattle

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Ald. James Cappleman and Richard Thale at their civil union ceremony last year.

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Ald. James Cappleman (46th) is headed out of state to get hitched.

The openly gay lawmaker announced on his Facebook page that he plans to head to to Seattle next month to marry his longtime partner Richard Thale in a "small and private" ceremony.

Cappleman, who represents much of the Uptown neighborhood, said they made the decision after the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples would receive federal recognition.

Cappleman and Thale, who've been together 22 years, entered into a civil union last year.

Cappleman says they would rather get married in their home state, but will continue work with state Rep. Greg Harris to pass the marriage equality bill in Illinois.

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