Equality Illinois

New Bill Would Make 'Conversion Therapy' for Ill. Children IllegalThe legislation would make it illegal for mental health specialists to try to change the sexual orientation of anyone under 18 in Illinois.
Illinois Pastor Will Officiate Same-Sex MarriagesOn June 1, same sex marriages will be legal in the state of Illinois, but one church has already been officiating marriages for at least 10 years,
Illinois Group Praises Kirk's Same-Sex Marriage SupportBernard Cherkasov says Kirk is influential among moderate Republicans, but it’s his argument itself that’s compelling.
Same-Sex Marriage Advocates In Illinois Encouraged By ElectionBernard Cherkasov, chief executive of the gay-rights group Equality Illinois, says the election results showed same-sex marriage winning in four states.
Advocacy Group Says Ill. Civil Unions Not WorkingCivil unions are supposed to give couples the same rights under law as marriage, but " those rights are often denied."
Illinois Civil Union Medical Benefits Debated The federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman, some federal benefits aren’t afforded.
Illinois Foster-Care Dispute A Matter Of Law, Faith"We prayed about it, talked about it. Sometimes you have to take a stand, and sometimes (it's) hard,'' said Mark Zartman, 51.
More Than 1,600 Civil Union Licenses Issued Last Month In Illinois1,618 civil union licenses were issued across the state in June - the first month civil unions became available to Illinois couples.
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