Todd Wathen

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

Todd And Mark Wathen

‘Substantial Evidence’ That B&Bs Violated Downstate Gay Couple’s Rights

State officials have found “substantial evidence” that the civil rights of a gay couple downstate were violated by two facilities that refused to host their civil union ceremony.

CBS Chicago–08/16/2011

Mark And Todd Wathen

Men Heartened By Support After Discrimination Claim

A downstate gay couple says since being denied accommodations for their civil union ceremony at two venues, response to their plight has been overwhelming.

03/01/2011

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