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Springfield, IL reinstates civil union partner benefits after public outcry

Springfield, IL reinstates civil union partner benefits after public outcry

After raising a firestorm of anger and disbelief, the Springfield, Illinois Joint Labor/Management Insurance Committee voted to unanimously reinstate health benefits for the civil union partners of city employees. This was a complete reversal from the December decision that shocked and angered LGBT activists and civil rights organizations. The committee had voted to keep its…

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Illinois Civil Union tax loophole fixed: Couples get joint tax-filing

Illinois Civil Union tax loophole fixed: Couples get joint tax-filing

In a big reversal from the Illinois Department of Revenue, couples who have entered into civil unions will be able to jointly file their 2011 state tax returns. Illinois recently moved to offer statewide protections supposedly equal, but separate, to marriage with the passage of the ‘Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act.’ The…

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Talking Chicago & LGBT issues with singer Kaya Jones and designer Traver Rains: Celebrities come to Boystown for day long benefit

Talking Chicago & LGBT issues with singer Kaya Jones and designer Traver Rains: Celebrities come to Boystown for day long benefit

Lakeview sister establishments Taverna 750 and Scarlet Bar Chicago are gearing up to celebrate their four year anniversary, Sunday Dec. 4, with a star-studded, day-long fundraiser sponsored by Belvedere (RED). Using their anniversary as a way to raise funds and awareness for charities of choice, proceeds will benefit Project (Red) and Test Positive Aware Network…

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Catholic Charities ends Illinois adoption lawsuit

Catholic Charities ends Illinois adoption lawsuit

The legal battle between Catholic Charities and the state of Illinois over the organization’s state-funded adoption and foster care contracts, and their refusal to grant those services to same-sex couples in civil unions, is finally over. The dioceses of Joliet, Springfield, and Belleville released a statement saying they were withdrawing their lawsuit with “reluctance.” Illinois…

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Rep Joe Walsh screams at constituents to defend banks & lobbyists

Rep Joe Walsh screams at constituents to defend banks & lobbyists

Illinois’ self-proclaimed ‘Tea Party Champion’, Bucket of Crazy Representative Joe Walsh, is once again making headlines. Readers may recall that the ultra-conservative blowhard was recently given a “pro-family” award by certified hate group The Family Research Council, despite the fact that Walsh is a deadbeat dad that refuses to pay $117,000 in back child support.…

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Hypocrisy Watch: Deadbeat Dad Illinois Rep Joe Walsh given 'Pro-Family' award by hate group

Hypocrisy Watch: Deadbeat Dad Illinois Rep Joe Walsh given ‘Pro-Family’ award by hate group

In what has to be the height of hypocrisy, Illinois Representative Joe Walsh has been awarded the ‘True Blue’ member of Congress pro-family award by the Family Research Council, the far-right socially conservative lobbying organization. Why is this so ridiculous? Because Walsh, a self-proclaimed Tea Party conservative, talks a lot about being ‘responsible for our…

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DOMA repeal vote in Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday

DOMA repeal vote in Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday

On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the ‘Respect for Marriage Act’ introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein. This legislation would repeal the so-called ‘Defense of Marriage Act,’ which bans federal recognition of same-sex marriages. DOMA’s impact is far reaching for same-sex couples, affecting Social Security survivor benefits after a spouse passes away, the…

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Northwestern University releases 'It Gets Better' video

Northwestern University releases ‘It Gets Better’ video

Northwestern University’s Athletics Department has joined the “It Gets Better” project and “The Trevor Project” to show support for teens and youth who may be in need of encouragement against bullying. They appears to be the first college campus sports division to take part in the LGBT supportive movement. The video features Northwestern Director of…

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Wal-mart adds gender identity & gender expression protections

Wal-mart adds gender identity & gender expression protections

The giant retail chain Wal-mart has quietly made a surprising move when it comes to worker’s rights. The store has added gender identity and gender expression to its employee non-discrimination policy, according to company spokesperson Phillip Keene. Wal-mart has made headlines lately for how they treat their employees, with most of the the stories being…

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Catholic Charities denied stay in Illinois adoption contract case

Catholic Charities denied stay in Illinois adoption contract case

The ongoing legal battle between Catholic Charities and the state of Illinois over the organization’s state-funded contracts, and their refusal to grant adoption and foster care services to same-sex couples in civil unions, continues with the church losing another round. Circuit Judge John Schmidt, who ruled earlier that the state does not have to renew…

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