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Local street performers share their story

To the editor: My wife and I were surprised and delighted when you recognized us on the street and encouraged us to share our story in The Gate. Here is part of our story and discussion. Smash went the bricks through our French downstairs windows on a summer night in 1991. Our home, back then […]

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Marriage equality debate increases pressure on Illinois lawmakers

Marriage equality advocates are putting pressure on Illinois House members to pass legislation that would grant equal rights to gays and lesbians under state marriage laws this November. Despite the chilly, rainy weather on Oct. 22, thousands of marriage equality advocates rallied outside the state Capitol to support the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality. […]

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Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA, Sidesteps Ruling on Proposition 8

The U.S. Supreme Court handed a significant victory to gay right activists Wednesday by striking down a central portion of a federal law that restricted the definition of marriage to opposite-sex couples. In a 5-4 vote, the justices ruled the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, saying it violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal […]

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State Agencies Say They Are Ready for Gay Marriage, If It Passes

Cook County Clerk’s office has new software to handle higher workloads Do you ever wonder whether Illinois is ready to go through the demands of thousands of new name changes and marriage license requests if same sex marriage is approved? Well, we went ahead of the game and asked state and county agencies whether they […]