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Same Sex Marriage

Report: Many Difficulties For Couples In Civil Unions One Year Later

It has been a year now since same-sex civil unions became legal in Illinois, but the advocacy group Equality Illinois says many couples are not finding that their unions are being treated as equal to marriages.

CBS Chicago–06/01/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Advocates Hope For Approval Of Medical Leave For Partners In Civil Unions

Gay rights activists are hoping for final approval of a state bill that would guarantee a benefit currently offered only to those in marriages recognized by the federal government.

CBS Chicago–03/05/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Bills On Gender Identity, Guaranteed Medical Leave Advance In State House

State legislation is moving ahead to add gender identity to the Illinois hate crimes law, and to require employers to allow medical leave for those joined in civil unions.

CBS Chicago–03/01/2012

File Photo Of A Gold And Diamond Wedding Band. (David Livingston/Getty Images)

Cuts To Suburban Courthouse Hours Mean No More Weekend Weddings

Because the suburban Cook County courthouses will be closed on weekends starting next year, there will soon be five fewer options for wedding or civil union ceremonies.

CBS Chicago–12/30/2011

Civil Union Ceremony At Millennium Park

More Than 3,700 Civil Unions Issued In Illinois Since June

More than 3,700 couples committed to one another through civil unions in the first six months since Illinois legalized them.

CBS Chicago–12/09/2011

Gavel

State Gets Green Light To Cancel Adoption Contracts With Catholic Charities

A downstate judge says the Illinois Department of Children and Family Service may now begin canceling its adoption and foster care contracts with Catholic Charities.

CBS Chicago–09/27/2011

Scales Of Justice

Catholic Charities To Fight Ruling That Ended State Adoption Contract

The State of Illinois is moving to steer foster families to new agencies, even as Catholic Charities prepares to fight a court ruling allowing the state to end its relationship with the agency.

CBS Chicago–09/09/2011

Scales Of Justice

ACLU Intervenes In Catholic Charities Adoption Rights Case

A judge is allowing the American Civil Liberties Union to intervene in the battle over adoption rights for same-sex couples.

CBS Chicago–08/02/2011

Gavel

State Resumes Referring Adoption Cases To Catholic Charities

The state has resumed referring foster care cases to Catholic Charities, as a court battle continues over the right to turn away same-sex couples in civil unions.

CBS Chicago–07/18/2011

Civil Unions

831 Civil Union Licenses Issued In Cook County Last Month

Officials say 831 civil union licenses were awarded to Cook County couples in June, the first month they were legal in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–07/18/2011

Same Sex Marriage

Group: Civil Union Licenses Have Been Issued In 83 Illinois Counties

Chicago-based Equality Illinois has said 1,618 civil union licenses were issued throughout the state in the month since the law went into effect on June 1.

CBS Chicago–07/12/2011

Civil Union Ceremony At Millennium Park

Group: More Than 1,600 Couples Have Applied For Civil Unions

Only a month has passed since Illinois legalized civil unions, but more than 1,600 same-sex couples have already applied for licenses.

CBS Chicago–07/08/2011

Civil Unions

Catholic Charities Sue For Right To Turn Away Same-Sex Couples

Several Catholic Charities groups are suing the state, saying they should not have to accept same-sex couples in civil unions as foster parents.

CBS Chicago–06/08/2011

Civil Union Ceremony At Millennium Park

Same-Sex Couples Take Vows For Civil Unions

It was a shining moment for all to see this morning, as same-sex couples gathered to exchange vows for their civil unions in Millennium Park.

CBS Chicago–06/02/2011

Lakeesha Harris, Janean Watkins

Same-Sex Couples Line Up For Civil Union Licenses

A long-awaited day has arrived for same-sex couples in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–06/01/2011

Same Sex Marriage

30 Couples To Be Joined In Civil Unions In Millennium Park

Gov. Pat Quinn and Cook County Clerk David Orr will be among those in attendance for a historic ceremony next month, in which 30 gay and lesbian couples will be joined in civil unions in Millennium Park.

CBS Chicago–05/09/2011

Same Sex Marriage

Kane County Advised To Charge Same For Civil Unions, Marriages

While civil unions will not be treated equally as marriage when they become legal in Illinois, there is one area where they may be on par.

CBS Chicago–04/22/2011

Same Sex Marriage

Proposal To Restrict Gay Adoptions Fails In Senate Committee

A controversial bill that would limit adoptions by same-sex couples was defeated in an Illinois Senate committee on Wednesday.

CBS Chicago–04/13/2011

Same Sex Marriage

Bill Would Let Agencies Deny Adoptions To Same-Sex Couples

Gay rights advocates are outraged over proposed state legislation that would allow adoption agencies to refuse to place children with couples joined in a civil union.

CBS Chicago–04/12/2011

Mark And Todd Wathen

Downstate Men Denied Civil Union Accommodations

When a pair of downstate men tried to rent a hall for their civil union celebration, they learned discrimination does not end with a stroke of the governor’s pen.

02/23/2011

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