Friday, May 10, 2013
Groups for and against same-sex marriage plan to protest tomorrow at Rep. DeLuca's office in Chicago Heights.
Following Gov. Pat Quinn's insistence that the Illinois House send him legislation to legalize gay marriage, groups on both sides of the issue will rally outside Rep. Anthony DeLuca's Chicago Heights office Saturday. Quinn is calling on legislators to put the bill on his desk, saying they've "had plenty of time to make up their mind on the issue," according to the Chicago Tribune. The measure passed through the state Senate on Valentine's Day. Members of Illinois Family—a group opposing gay marriage—will protest the legalization of same-sex marriage. Pro-gay marriage group Gay Liberation Network, which had previously scheduled its presence at a protest in Western Springs, has shifted its plans to attend the south suburban rally, instead…
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Kirk now joins Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio as the two lone Republican senators in support of marriage equality.
Senator Mark Kirk is now the second Republican senator in the nation to back same-sex marriage after a Tuesday statement posted on his website. “When I climbed the Capitol steps in January, I promised myself that I would return to the Senate with an open mind and greater respect for others. Same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage. Our time on this Earth is limited, I know that better than most. Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back-- government has no place in the middle.” Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin applauded his decision. “Senator Kirk ... (has) shown tremendous leadership in announcing (his) support for marriage equality," he said. "Democrat or Republican, there can simply be no excuse…
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The bill will now move to the House of Representatives where it will have to pass committee and floor action before going to Gov. Quinn.
A bill to legalize same-sex marriage passed the Illinois Senate early Thursday afternoon, making a happier Valentine's Day for gay couples across the state. The Senate passed the bill—SB 10—with 34 votes in favor, 21 votes against and two abstentions. The bill will now go to the House of Representatives, where it will need 60 votes to pass. The bill will now go over to the House of Representative where it will have to repeat the same process before going to Gov. Quinn, who already voiced his support of the bill in a Chicago Tribune report. If passed, the state law defining marriage would be changed from an act between a man and a woman, to two people. "I've been told it's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when it's going to be done," …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Legislators in support of same-sex marriage have a long way to go, but the ball is rolling.
A same-sex marriage bill may be voted on in the Illinois Senate as early as Valentine’s Day, the Chicago Tribune reports. Sen. Heather Seans, D-Chicago, sponsored the bill in last month’s lame duck session, but it took until Tuesday for it to advance past committee action in a 9-5 vote, according to the report. The bill will now go to floor process where the entire Senate will consider its passage. Should it make it through the Senate readings, it will go before the House, where the process will be repeated. If it passes the House—a big "if," according to the Tribune—it then goes up for consideration by Governor Pat Quinn. Quinn recently told the Tribune he completely supports same-sex marriage. For more, read the Chicago Tribune report.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
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Thursday, July 14, 2011
A single Flossmoor lesbian mother of twins talks about her blog, dating and living in our community in this Chicago Tribune report.
The Chicago Tribune recently published a story on Flossmoor resident Carrie Kaufman—a lesbian single mom of 8-year-old twin daughters and author of thegaymom.com. Kaufman's describes her experience juggling solo parenthood and suburban dating. According to the Tribune's report, Kaufman says it's not the "weighty" subjects that she struggles with as a parent (politics, God, the girls' sperm donor), but rather the everyday tasks of grocery trips and bedtime difficulties become extra difficult without a partner's help. Kaufman also talks about her experience as a single, lesbian mother living in Flossmoor and the generally positive reactions she gets from community members, according to the Tribune. "While there may be some people who …