Gay Marriage

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk discusses his recovery from a stroke, a day before he returns to work at the U.S. Capitol. Kirk suffered the stroke on Jan. 23, 2012, and underwent extensive rehabilitation before his scheduled return to the Senate on Jan. 3, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Sen. Kirk Supports Same-Sex Marriage: ‘Life Comes Down To Who You Love’

Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has announced his support for gay marriage, saying that legally discriminating against same-sex couples “is an anathema to me.”

CBS Chicago–04/02/2013

Keep tryin', buddy. You'll reach your nose with that tongue someday. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Horrible Horoscopes: Pisces

Do you want to be treated like a second-class citizen, Pisces? Would you like to be discriminated against because of your sexual preference? Would you like to be told by the government that you can’t marry the person you love? No? Then don’t treat others that way.


Illinois State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton. (Credit:

Chicago Man Accused Of Threatening Lawmaker Over Comments On Gay Marriage

A felony arrest warrant has been issued for a Chicago man accused of threatening a state representative over her controversial comments about same-sex marriages.


Illinois House Floor

Same-Sex Marriage Legislation Moves Forward In Illinois House

An Illinois House committee narrowly endorsed legislation to legalize gay marriage Tuesday, setting up a showdown on the House floor that could come in a matter of weeks.



Illinois Senate OKs Same-Sex Marriage Proposal

The Illinois Senate has voted to approve legislation legalizing same-sex marriages in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–02/14/2013

Supporters of same-sex marriage rally outside the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago on Jan. 5, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Gay Marriage Legislation Advances In State Senate

An Illinois Senate committee has approved legalizing gay marriage for the second time in a month.


Supporters of same-sex marriage rally outside the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago on Jan. 5, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Same-Sex Marriage Sponsor Predicts ‘Fast Track’ For Approval

The House sponsor of legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois said the measure could get a vote “very soon,” after the new General Assembly was sworn in this week.

CBS Chicago–01/10/2013

A group of six African-American ministers urged state lawmakers to reject legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois on Jan. 7, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

State Senator: Ministers’ Vow Of Backlash For Gay Marriage Vote An ‘Empty Threat’

A coalition of West Side ministers was urging state lawmakers to reject legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois, but at least one lawmaker said the ministers’ threat of political backlash against lawmakers who vote for gay marriage was nothing but an “empty threat.”

WBBM Newsradio–01/07/2013

Same Sex Marriage

Illinois Senate Panel OKs Same-Sex Marriage Legislation

After two days of snags in moving the issue, Sen. Heather Steans finally won committee approval by an 8-5 vote Thursday evening, sending the measure next to the floor.


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)

Vote On Same-Sex Marriage Bill Hits Snag, Stalled Until Thursday

A push to legalize same-sex marriages in Illinois hit a slight snag on Wednesday, but supporters sounded confident the measure would move forward on Thursday.



Cardinal Urges Illinois Catholics To Oppose Same-Sex Marriage

Francis Cardinal George has written a letter to priests asking that Catholics contact their lawmakers and oppose same-sex marriage in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–01/01/2013

Barack Obama (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Obama Urging Illinois Legislature To Support Gay Marriage: Report

A spokesman for President Obama says the former Illinois state lawmaker is urging the General Assembly here to approve gay-marriage legislation, the Sun-Times is reporting.


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.


Same Sex Marriage

Illinois Lawmakers Hope To OK Gay Marriage Next Month

Two Illinois lawmakers said Thursday they will seek legislative approval of gay marriage when the General Assembly reconvenes in three weeks, answering Gov. Pat Quinn’s hope that he could sign same-sex marital rights into law as early as January.


A TV camera is set up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court June 25, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Chicagoans Divided Over U.S. Supreme Court Review Of Gay-Marriage Measure

Two families led by gay couples were optimistic it would finally mean the legalization of gay marriage nationwide.


Same Sex Marriage

Emanuel Pledges To Lead Effort To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

The Election Day victories for same-sex marriage in several states have supporters of the effort in Illinois saying the atmosphere has changed, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday that he’d lead an effort to legalize same-sex marriages in Illinois as well

WBBM Newsradio–11/13/2012

Same Sex Marriage

Poll: More Than 4 In 10 Illinois Voters Support Gay Marriage

A new poll estimates that more than four in 10 Illinois voters now support full marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples.

CBS Chicago–09/27/2012

Cardinal Francis George speaks during a mass celebrating the 50th wedding anniversaries of 400 couples, at Holy Name Cathedral. (Credit: CBS)

Cardinal George: ‘Society Will Be The Worse For It’ If Gay Marriage Legalized

Cardinal Francis George, speaking Sunday at a mass to celebrate the golden anniversaries of more than 400 couples, used the celebration as a platform to reiterate the Catholic Church’s opposition to same-sex marriage.

CBS Chicago–09/23/2012

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)

Huckabee: Chick-Fil-A Has Made No ‘Concessions’ On Gay Rights

Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno recently said Chick-Fil-A issued a statement respecting all sexual orientations, and promised to end donations to anti-gay organizations. But former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, said nothing had changed and Chick-Fil-A had made no concessions.

CBS Chicago–09/22/2012

Brendon Ayanbadejo. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Former Bear Takes Stand For Gay Marriage; Draws Ire Of Politician

Ayanbadejo cares about much more than simply football. In fact, he cares deeply about politics and took a stand by publicly endorsing gay marriage.

CBS Chicago–09/07/2012