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Illinois: State refuses to defend ban on equal marriage

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  1. Proof that if you fight for your equal and Civil Rights you can make progress. Fight for freedom for all LGBT people.

  2. GingerlyColors 22 Jun 2012, 6:43am

    Illinois was the first US state to decriminalise homosexuality in 1962. It was not until the 1970’s that other states started to repeal their laws and it was not until 2003, 41 years later that the Lawrence vs. Texas ruling struck down the remaining anti-gay sex laws. Illinois took the lead in allowing gay sex and therefore it only makes common sense for the state to introduce full marriage equality.

  3. Jock S. Trap 22 Jun 2012, 9:37am

    It seems to me the only reason the anti-Gay groups are grouping together is because none of them actually understand the legislation but as usual assume and discriminate.

    Another case of religion acting for the worst of humanity.

    Please people in power are seeing that to exclude people from marrying is pure bigotry and should not be allowed to take over. Civil Rights and Equality must be set for all to choose marriage.

    Here’s hoping.

  4. Even though I am an Illinois resident, the US is still a very confusing patchwork of rights for Gays. Although recognizing rights in Illinois may be a step, it’s like telling someone they have all of the freedom they want as long as they stay on the tiny island. Living just a few miles from Wisconsin, my spouse and I would lose all of our marriage rights if we just drive 5 minutes for a burger. None of the states recognize Gay marriages from any other state or country.
    It is up to the nation to step up and recognize basic human rights of a minority, and not to be left up to the bigoted straight populations in each state. It is incredibly absurd to be more human in one state but not in another. Human rights are not something that is eligible to be put to a vote by the majority. Should 2 lions and a lamb decide what’s for dinner by putting it to a vote?

  5. This article made no sense when I read it. That’s because it is simply wrong.

    DOMA is a federal law and is not involved in these cases. These cases are fighting the Illinois state law banning same sex couples from marrying in the state of Illinois. The State’s Attorney is declining to defend the state law. Nothing to do with DOMA.

    Really, Pink News. If you’re going to report on US news, get it right.,0,1535170.story

  6. Good for Illinois, nice to see progress.

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