It is official: Same-sex marriage will be legal in Illinois as of June 1.
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Illinois State Representative, Greg Harris, talks with Steve about the passing of the IL same-sex marriage bill. The bill will be signed into law by Governor Quinn this afternoon.
The General Assembly today narrowly approved a gay marriage bill, clearing the way for Illinois to become the 15th state to legalize same-sex unions.
The bill got 61 votes in the House, one more than the bare minimum needed to send the measure back to the Senate, which quickly signed off. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has said he would sign the bill into law should it reach his desk.
The House vote followed more than two-and-a-half hours of debate in which supporters said it’s time for Illinois to make marriage equal for all and opponents raised concerns about protecting the institution of marriage and the religious beliefs of those who say marriage should be between a man and woman.
Fred Karger, the first openly gay presidential candidate and president of Rights Equal Rights, joins Bill Leff to review the Supreme Court decisions regarding gay marriage.
Ed Yohnka of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois is on air with Mike talking about the fresh decision on DOMA and what it means for the future of marriage equality.
In a victory for same-sex marriage supporters, the Supreme Court this morning voted to overturn a key part of the the Defense of Marriage Act and let stand a lower court ruling overturning California’s Proposition 8.
“The principal purpose and the necessary effect of this law are to demean those persons who are in a lawful same-sex marriage,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote in a 5-4 decision on DOMA. “This requires the Court to hold, as it now does, that DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the liberty of the person protected by the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution.”
DOMA defined marriage, for federal purposes, as a relationship between a man and a woman.
The court also voted 5-4 that it did not have jurisdiction to hear the Prop 8 case. That left in place a San Francisco federal district court ruling that overturned the law.
Proposition 8 banned California from allowing same-sex marriages.
Todd Friel, host of Wrectched TV, joins Mike to discuss gay marriage.
For more information on Todd visit www.wretchedradio.com/tv.cfm
Illinois Senator Mark Kirk announced Tuesday he supports gay marriage.
Andrea Darlas interviews Kristen Ellis-Henderson, the bass player for the internationally renowned rock band, “Antigone Rising,” after Ellis-Henderson and her partner, Sarah Kate Ellis-Henderson, were selected to be on the cover of Time Magazine this week. With the issue of same-sex marriage taking center stage at the U.S. Supreme Court this week, Time’s cover story features the couples kissing under the headline “Gay Marriage Already Won.” Kristen and Sarah are legally married in New York and have two children.