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The debate over same-sex marriage

The United States Supreme Court is deciding the Constitutionality of same-sex marriage.

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Same sex marriage technically becomes legal in Illinois on Sunday. However, as WGN Radio’s Kim Gordon reports, it will be a bit confusing because of various weekend schedules of county clerk’s offices across the state.

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Matt Bubala sits down with Charlie Gurion and David Wilk – the first same sex couple to receive their marriage license from the state of Illinois after the new law was enacted.


Charlie Gurion, left, and David Wilk are the first couple to be issued a marriage license by Cook County Clerk David Orr immediately following a federal court order issued Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune)

A federal judge ruled today that gay couples will not have to wait until June to marry.

It is official: Same-sex marriage will be legal in Illinois as of June 1.

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.

Gay marriage supporters demonstrate in San Francisco.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

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.

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Bill and Wendy review hot topics in the news this week with Tribune columnist Eric Zorn. Joining in their discussion is Mayor of Minneapolis, R.T. Rybak, who traveled to Chicago to share some wonderful news with Chicago’s LGBT community about marriage in the Twin Cities.


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.


Fred Karger signs papers for the 2012 New Hampshire presidential primary (Courtesy Fred Karger)


DOMA is Denied

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.

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