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Marriage equality comes to Archie Comics' Riverdale

Marriage equality comes to Archie Comics’ Riverdale

In a move that only proves the growing acceptance and inevitability of full marriage rights for gay people, Archie Comics is getting ready to ring some gay wedding bells in Riverdale. Kevin Keller, the first openly gay character in Archie Comics that was introduced about a year ago, is getting married. In the year since…

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HHS moves forward on LGBT hospital rights

HHS moves forward on LGBT hospital rights

New hospital visitation and representations rights for LGBT couples have been finalized by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid released new guidelines solidifying the memorandum President Obama released earlier in the year stating that all hospitals receiving Medicare and Medicaid funds allow patients to designate their own…

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Congrats! Out Illinois lawmaker weds in Iowa

Congrats! Out Illinois lawmaker weds in Iowa

Illinois State Representative Deborah Mell married Christin Baker, her partner of 7 years, in Iowa over the weekend, making her the first high-profile elected official in the state to publicly enter into a same-sex marriage: “Our relationship deserves marriage,” said a beaming Mell, her newly wedding-banded hand resting on Baker’s shoulder Tuesday. “That’s how I…

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Election 2012: Where do the candidates stand on LGBT rights?

Election 2012: Where do the candidates stand on LGBT rights?

Marriage Equality USA has put together a handy chart on where all of the 2012 candidates for President stand on a variety of rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. Take a look at where they are at on basic issues like employment protections, military service, adoption, and relationship recognition. It’s important to educate…

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Child welfare groups join case against Illinois Catholic Charities

Child welfare groups join case against Illinois Catholic Charities

More news from the ever-evolving case of Catholic Charities versus the state of Illinois over the newly passed civil unions law. Lambda Legal, the national legal organization committed to the civil rights of LGBT people, has filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of several child welfare organizations including the Evan B. Donaldson Institute, the National…

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Cool new interactive map of state LGBT rights

Cool new interactive map of state LGBT rights

The Movement Advancement Project has added an extremely informative interactive map for a state’s LGBT rights info: MAP’s Equality Maps provide quick and easy summaries of laws that affect LGBT Americans on a state-by-state and issue-by-issue basis. The maps present information on laws in areas from employment discrimination and relationship recognition to hate crimes protections…

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New civil union numbers for Cook County, Illinois

New civil union numbers for Cook County, Illinois

It seems like couples are still lining up to get civil unions at a steady pace in Cook County. The county clerk’s office issued 831 civil union licenses in June and another 125 in the first half of June. The Tribune breaks it down: So far the clerk’s office has brought in more than $37,000…

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Judge halts Illinois from ending Catholic Charities adoption contracts... for now.

Judge halts Illinois from ending Catholic Charities adoption contracts… for now.

Illinois has decided to end its involvement and financial contracts for Catholic Charities’ adoption and foster services in the wake of the religious organization’s refusal to follow the state’s new civil unions law and existing anti-discrimination policies. A judge has, however, temporarily reinstated contracts between the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and Catholic…

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Illinois civil unions already number over 1,600

Illinois civil unions already number over 1,600

Equality Illinois, the statewide LGBT advocacy group, says that in the month of June 1,618 civil union licenses were issued by the state of Illinois. In the first month since the law went into effect, 83 of the 102 Illinois counties have issued licenses to couples. Using those numbers, which the group compiled by contacting…

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Rahm Emanuel wants marriage equality in Illinois

Rahm Emanuel wants marriage equality in Illinois

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that while he’s proud of the newly passed Illinois Civil Union Law, he hopes the state moves towards full marriage equality for same-sex couples: BLITZER: Is the marriage issue, though, significant? RAHM: I think it is — it is a significant issue. I would hope that the…

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