same-sex marriage

Democratic U-S Senator Dick Durbin is supporting a Republican state senator to be the next ambassador to Kenya. That’s despite the significant political differences Durbin has with state Senator Kyle McCarter.

Durbin says he’s impressed with McCarter’s decades-long experience with the African nation.

“I doubt if very many people in Illinois know the commitment that Kyle and his family have made to Kenya, and the medical care that they provide through a clinic there is nothing short of amazing.”

A federal judge has ruled in favor of the Archdiocese of Chicago in a lawsuit brought by a gay music director who was fired after announcing his same-sex marriage engagement.

A same-sex couple denied access to a central Illinois bed and breakfast while planning their civil union ceremony has won another legal victory in a five-year case.  Owners of the Timber Creek Bed & Breakfast in Paxton contend they don't believe in same-sex unions and refused to host the ceremony in 2011, the year Illinois legalized same-sex civil unions. 

The former music director of a suburban Chicago Catholic parish who was fired after becoming engaged to his same-sex partner is suing the parish and the Archdiocese of Chicago.

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Marriage for same-sex couples is now the law of the land. While it took effect in Illinois in 2014, the United States Supreme Court made it available across the country earlier this year. So what's next in the push for rights in the LGBT community? That's a question Illinois Public Radio's Rachel Otwell posed at a recent conference in Springfield. She has this round-up of answers from those in attendance:


A northern Illinois Congressman is co-sponsoring a bill to prevent the federal government from discriminating against individuals and groups with religious objections to same-sex marriage. 14th District Congressman Randy Hultgren says the First Amendment Defense Act is a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.  He’s concerned that those who believe marriage should only be between a man and a woman might themselves become victims of discrimination. 

A gay rights group is mourning the death of Republican Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.

Indiana must recognize first same-sex marriage

Jul 1, 2014

A federal appeals court has ruled that the State of Indiana must recognize the marriage of the state’s first same-sex couple. 

Ruling halts same sex marriage in Indiana

Jun 30, 2014

Same-sex couples who rushed to get married last week in Indiana are now in legal limbo. 

Indiana overturns ban on same-sex marriage

Jun 25, 2014

Same-sex couples in Indiana are rushing to exchange vows following Wednesday’s historic ruling overturning the state's ban.  

Some gay rights groups criticizing Rauner

Jun 2, 2014

As dozens of county clerk offices across Illinois begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, some gay rights groups are criticizing the Republican candidate for Illinois governor Monday.

The Roman Catholic Bishop of Springfield plans a special prayer service the day same-sex marriage is to be signed into law. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, he says it's "scandalous" that so many Catholic politicians supported the legislation.

Gov. Pat Quinn is planning a big public ceremony to sign the same-sex marriage bill next Wednesday in Chicago. An hour or so later, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will hold a sort of counter service at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield.

Veto session continues this week

Nov 4, 2013

Illinois legislators are scheduled to finish out their veto session this week. As IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports, their back-loaded agenda ranges from dealing with budget matters to social issues.

The first week of the veto session - late last month - went by with little of substance accomplished. But what the General Assembly didn't touch then is back now.

Push for same-sex marriage

Nov 4, 2013

The Illinois Senate this year approved a bill to allow same-sex couples to marry. That vote came on Valentine’s Day. Now nine months later, gay and lesbian couples in Illinois are still waiting for the House to vote on the bill. Their final chance to win approval this year comes during this week’s veto session, and supporters are making sure lawmakers know how important this is to them. Illinois Public Radio’s  Rich Egger has the story. 

Little accomplished in first week of veto session

Oct 24, 2013

Illinois legislators were supposed to meet this week for three days as part of the fall veto session. Instead they left Springfield after only two. Little was accomplished during that time. 

Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky speaks with Illinois Unites for Marriage campaign director John Kohlhepp about group's renewed efforts to legalize same-sex marriage following its failure over the spring session.

Illinois advocates say Wednesday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act adds urgency to their fight to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports.

The high court's decision means that in the eyes of the law, same sex couples who are legally married cannot be denied their equal right to federal benefits. But in Illinois, gay couples cannot legally marry.

Dan Rutherford running for governor

Jun 3, 2013

Today is day two of state Treasurer Dan Rutherford's three-day tour of Illinois. He's meeting with supporters to say he's OFFICIALLY running for governor. Rutherford has been laying the groundwork to run for years, making the formal announcement one of the least surprising events in Illinois politics. So we asked reporter IPR'S Brian Mackey to find something about Rutherford's announcement that WAS surprising.

Like many Republican candidates, Rutherford likes to remind people he was a businessman. And although he was the only Republican senator to vote for civil unions in 2010, he's opposed to legalizing same-sex marriage. Nothing too surprising about any of that. But Rutherford is distinguishing himself on a matter of tax policy.

Lawmakers have a lot of work to do before legislative session wraps up

May 27, 2013

There are five days left in the Illinois General Assembly's spring session.  And as IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports legislators have a lot of work ahead of them.

Typically, fighting over the budget carries into the waning hours of a legislative session. But Democrats, who have enough seats to pass a spending plan without any Republican votes, say they've already reached a deal.