Activists and lawmakers backing legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois are regrouping and recounting potential “yes” votes in the Illinois Senate after key members of the chamber reportedly said they will be absent from Thursday’s proceedings in the General Assembly’s lame duck session.
Massachusetts State Reps. Jim Lyons (R) and Marc Lombardo (R) do not like the fact that a federal judge has ordered the state to pay the legal fees of a transgender prison inmate who successfully sued the state Department of Corrections after she was illegally denied sex reassignment surgery.
The momentum continues to build for same sex marriage in Illinois. On Wednesday, Pat Brady, chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, said he was putting his "full support" behind marriage equality legislation pending in Springfield.
The Forrest County Circuit Clerk's Office denied marriage licenses for five couples Wednesday afternoon. The couples walked into the circuit clerk's office one couple at a time. "We're here to apply for a marriage license," said Petal Resident, Sara Bell.
A coalition of Roman Catholics, Muslims, Mormons, Missouri Synod Lutherans and conservative Anglicans has written to Illinois lawmakers, urging them to reject any legislation that would extend marriage to same-sex couples.
The Minnesota state senator who will take the lead in that chamber on a bill to legalize gay marriage says backers will wait at least a month or two into the upcoming legislative session before they start to push it hard.
For two years, Hampton High School student Ally Rosenberger was quiet. But this year, she decided she would not be quiet about her own feelings any longer, and she was going to reach out to other students so they wouldn't have to be quiet either.