Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Our Facebook readers had plenty of their own opinions on Kirk's Tuesday announcement.
Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk surprised many in announcing his support of same-sex civil marriage Tuesday. Kirk is just the second Republican Senator to buck his party with his stance. In a statement on his website Kirk said, “When I climbed the Capitol steps in January, I promised myself that I would return to the Senate with an open mind and greater respect for others. Same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage. Our time on this Earth is limited, I know that better than most. Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back-- government has no place in the middle.” Patch Facebook readers from across our network had plenty to say Tuesday. Here’s a sampling of their opinions: David E. It's Jedi like. Good move senator and a …
Friday, February 15, 2013
See how Lemont's state senator, other reps voted on the Illinois Senate's same-sex marriage bill.
The Illinois Senate approved legislation Thursday that would allow same-sex marriage in Illinois, according to the Chicago Tribune. The Senate voted 34-21. The bill provides "equal opportunity for the same federal marriage benefits to same-sex couples that are currently awarded to other couples," according to a release from Illinois Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant. Here's how Lemont's state senator voted: See how each member of the Illinois Senate voted. The measure will now go to the Illinois House, where the fight to pass the bill is expected to be tougher, according to the Trib. Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the bill if it makes it to his desk. Click to see how other area senators voted. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - There are …
Monday, June 18, 2012
State's Attorney Anita Alvarez says she supports lawsuits that call an Illinois ban against gay marriage unconstitutional.
Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez said at a press conference Thursday afternoon that she supports lawsuits that question whether an Illinois ban on gay marriage is constitutional. Two lawsuits recently brought by Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois argue that Cook County Clerk David Orr discriminates against gay couples that wish to marry, but are not allowed marriage licenses, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday. Both Orr and Alvarez said they agree and also questioned whether a ban on gay marriage in Illinois is constitutional. Orr even compared the state's ban to laws that banned couples of different races from marrying. The Chicago Tribune called it an "unprecedented turn" in the fight for …
Sunday, May 13, 2012
The president and vice president are on the same side of a divisive issue, but they might differ on their own partnership.