31st May 2013
President Obama: Legalising equal marriage in Illinois is ‘the right thing to do’ 1
12:58 PM — With only one day left before the current Illinois legislative session ends, President Barack Obama has said that legalising equal marriage in the state is something he "deeply supports" and the "right thing to do".
US: Illinois House to vote on equal marriage bill on Friday before end of session 7
3:11 AM — Advocates of equal marriage in the US state of Illinois were disappointed as the House adjourned on Thursday, until 09:30 on Friday, leaving only one day for a vote on a bill to legalise equal marriage, before the current session ends.
US: Demonstrators to rally in Illinois to pressure House for urgent vote on equal marriage 1
1:55 AM — Advocates of equal marriage in the US state of Illinois have sprung into action to arrange an urgent rally to push the House to vote on a bill to legalise it, before the end of the session on Friday.
US: Pressure mounts on Illinois House to vote on equal marriage bill before end of session 1
1:13 AM — Equal marriage advocates in the US state of Illinois are pushing for the House to vote on equal marriage, before this session, on Friday.
7th May 2013
US: Illinois GOP Chairman resigns after supporting equal marriage
2:53 PM — The Chairman of the US Republican Party in Illinois has resigned, following persistent calls for him to step down over his support for equal marriage, but has denied that is the reason for his resignation.
16th April 2013
Study: Equal marriage could bring $42 million to Minnesota economy over three years 8
1:10 AM — A new study has estimated that, if legalised, equal marriage could bring large economic boosts to the US state of Minnesota.
14th April 2013
US: Pro-same-sex marriage Illinois Republican party chairman to stay in role for now 2
7:12 PM — The chair of the Illinois Republican Party will remain in his role, having survived a meeting to discuss whether to fire him for his backing of same-sex marriage. However, he could be forced to leave in six weeks time due to a new plan to choose his successor.
8th April 2013
US: Second Illinois GOP lawmaker announces support for equal marriage bill 1
3:58 PM — A second Republican in the Illinois House has announced his support for a bill to legalise equal marriage, and has said that he thinks others will follow.
5th April 2013
US radio host calls TIME magazine equal marriage cover ‘indecent’ and ‘a perversion’ 47
10:29 PM — Peter LaBarbera of the anti-gay group, Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, has again weighed in on the debate about equal marriage, commenting on a TIME magazine cover featuring a gay kiss, and calling it a "perversion".
13th March 2013
US: Illinois State Representative says gay couples have ‘disordered relationships’ 29
2:39 PM — A representative in the US state of Illinois has taken what she called a "courageous" stance against equal marriage, and defended "natural" marriage, by saying gay people have "disordered relationships".
9th March 2013
Update: Vote on removal of pro-same-sex marriage Illinois Republican chairman cancelled 10
4:38 PM — A meeting due to take place today to decide the fate of Pat Brady, the Illinois Republican chairman who supported same-sex marriage legislation, has been cancelled.
US: Illinois Republican party chairman may be ousted for same-sex marriage support 5
2:46 PM — Republican party leaders will vote today on whether to oust Illinois chairman Pat Brady from his position, in reaction to statements Mr Brady made in January supporting same-sex marriage.
27th February 2013
US: Illinois same-sex marriage bill narrowly moves forward 7
5:58 PM — The House Executive Committee barely cleared a bill to legalise same-sex marriage in the US state of Illinois on Tuesday with a 6-5 approval.
20th February 2013
US: Poll shows that half of Illinois residents support equal marriage
4:59 PM — A poll of Illinois residents has found that half of people living in the state supported a bill to legalise equal marriage, with the percentage in opposition to it much lower.
18th February 2013
US: Republican senator attacks Illinois same-sex marriage bill as ‘discriminatory’ towards straight people 31
6:56 PM — Republican Illinois Senator Kyle McCarter took to his Facebook page last week and condemned the state Senate’s 34-21 vote approving a bill to try to legalise same-sex marriage.
14th February 2013
US: Illinois Senate passes equal marriage in Valentine’s Day vote 9
9:23 PM — The Illinois Senate has approved a bill to legalise same-sex marriage - although it still has to pass the House before it becomes law.
7th February 2013
US: Campaigners plan to pump $2 million into efforts to legalise equal marriage 6
6:23 PM — In the US, a New York based equal marriage advocacy group has laid out plans to pump funds into several states' legislative battles to legalise equal marriage.
6th February 2013
US: Illinois equal marriage bill passes first reading and will face full Senate vote 3
12:56 AM — The US state of Illinois came one step closer to legalising equal marriage on Tuesday, as a bill to legalise it passed the Senate Executive Committee, and will now face the vote in the full senate.
2nd February 2013
US: Illinois Senate to vote on equal marriage on Valentine’s Day 5
1:27 AM — The Illinois Senate may pass a bill which would legalise equal marriage in the state, and will vote on it on 14 February.
23rd January 2013
US: Handcuffed Catholic priest was suffering from ‘stress-related self-bondage’ says bishop 45
4:16 PM — A Catholic Illinois priest, who last year got stuck in a pair of handcuffs, was engaged in “non-sexual” conduct at the time, and the incident was brought on by “stress” – according to a bishop.