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A same sex wedding cake at the Gay Wedding Show at the Queens Hotel on March 2, 2014 in Leeds, England. Legislation to allow same-sex marriage in England and Wales was passed by Parliament in July 2013 and will come into force on March 23,2014, with the first same-sex marriages taking place on March 29, 2014. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

Same-Sex Marriage Law Takes Effect In Illinois

Monday is the first day that county clerks throughout the entire state of Illinois must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

06/02/2014

Illinois State Capitol

Proposed Ban On ‘Conversion Therapy’ Advances In Springfield

The measure sponsored by Chicago Democratic Rep. Kelly Cassidy prohibits mental health providers from providing so-called conversion therapy — aimed at changing the sexual orientation of gay young people — to anyone who is under age 18.

03/26/2014

An editorial on the front page of The Chicago Dispatcher, a trade publication for the taxi industry, threatens to out five "secretly gay" aldermen if the city doesn't ban ride-sharing companies, which compete with the taxi industry. (Credit: chicagodispatcher.com)

Taxi Publication Threatens To Expose ‘Secretly Gay’ Aldermen If City Doesn’t Ban Ride-Sharing

A trade newspaper for the city’s taxi industry has threatened to out five aldermen who it claims are “secretly gay,” unless the City Council bans ride-sharing services like Uber, Lyft, and SideCar.

03/11/2014

Newly elected Pope Francis. (Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Local Gay Rights Supporters Encouraged By Pope’s Comments

Pope Francis says it’s not a crime to be gay and that he wouldn’t judge priests for their sexual orientation.

07/29/2013

Gay rights activists gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building, on June 26, 2013, in Washington, D.C., after the court handed two key victories to same-sex couples. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Gay Marriage Supporters Hail Dual Victories In Supreme Court

Gay activists and local elected officials on Wednesday were celebrating U.S. Supreme Court action that handed two key victories to same-sex couples.

06/26/2013

The summit of Mt. Everest, the world's tallest mountain. (Photo credit: TSHERING SHERPA/AFP/Getty Images)

Gay Chicago Man To Scale Mt. Everest For Same-Sex Marriage

A gay Chicagoan plans to take his fight to legalize same-sex marriage to new heights.

06/20/2013

Gay rights activists staged a rally outside Holy Name Cathedral on Feb. 12, 2012, to push for same sex marriage and criticize Francis Cardinal George and the Catholic church for opposing gay marriage. (Credit: CBS)

Illinois Clergy Push For Gay Marriage Legalization

A group of clergy members is pushing to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois.

12/23/2012

(Photo courtesy: Chick-fil-A/Facebook)

Chicago Gay Rights Group Files Complaints Against Chick-Fil-A

A Chicago-based gay rights advocacy group has filed multiple complaints against Chick-Fil-A with the Illinois Department of Human Rights, in the latest twist in the culture clash surrounding the fast food chain.

CBS Chicago–08/03/2012

Crowds outside a Chick-Fil-A in Naperville on Wednesday. (Credit: Amy Hamilton)

Chick-Fil-A Supporters Turn Out For ‘Appreciation Day’

The culture clash over Chick-Fil-A came to a head on Wednesday, with supporters in Chicago and around the country turning out for an “appreciation day” first proposed by former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

CBS Chicago–08/01/2012

Chick-Fil-A's only Chicago store on Chicago Avenue in the Near North neighborhood. The store wants to build a second store in Logan Square, but the local alderman plans to block that store, over the company president's anti-gay comments. (Credit: CBS)

Gay Rights Group Petitions Against Chick-Fil-A, Plans ‘Kiss-In’

The gay rights group Equality Illinois is launching a campaign against Chick-Fil-A – petitioning universities and lawmakers to evict the fast food restaurant from their campuses and planning a “kiss-in” campaign by gay and lesbian couples outside Chick-Fil-A restaurants.

CBS Chicago–07/25/2012

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

Two students fight when one is accused of bullying the other. (Credit: CBS)

Illinois Senate Rejects Anti-Bullying Measure Amid Religious Objections

Lawmakers failed to pass an enhanced anti-bullying law due to some members’ religious concerns.

CBS Chicago–05/22/2012

Same Sex Marriage

Gay Rights Activists Elated With Obama’s Support For Same-Sex Marriage

A group that is leading the fight for same-sex marriage in Illinois is pleased to see President Obama change his view.

CBS Chicago–05/09/2012

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

Gay Rights

Chicago LGBT Leaders React To California Ruling On Marriage Law

Chicago LGBT leaders are reacting Tuesday to the ruling in California that overturned Proposition 8, which prohibited same-sex marriage in the Golden State and took away the right after it had already been granted.

CBS Chicago–02/07/2012

Chicago Archbishop Francis Cardinal George (CBS File Photo)

Protest Called Off After Apology From Cardinal

Though they found Francis Cardinal George’s apology for linking gay rights activists to the KKK “woefully inadequate,” a group that had planned to protest outside Holy Name Cathedral Sunday has canceled the protest.

01/07/2012

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

Marquell Smith

Ex-Marine Celebrating End Of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

The military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on homosexuals serving in the armed forces comes to an end on Tuesday and gay men and women will be allowed to serve openly. The repeal comes four years after Marquell Smith says he was kicked out of the U.S. Marines for being gay.

CBS Chicago–09/19/2011

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

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