November 5, 2013 |
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The General Assembly narrowly approved a gay marriage bill Tuesday, 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 minimum needed to send it back to the Senate, which had passed an earlier version and quickly signed off on this one. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has said he will sign the bill. The House vote followed more than 2 1/2 hours of debate. Supporters said it's time for Illinois to make marriage equal for all. 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.
November 5, 2013 |
The Illinois Legislature sent a bill to the governor Tuesday that would make the state the largest in the heartland to legalize gay marriage. And Gov. Pat Quinn has pledged to sign it. The House passed the bill Tuesday, 61 to 54, according to the Associated Press. The bill first passed the Senate in February and passed in the upper chamber again Tuesday after it was amended. Under the measure, gay couples could begin getting married in Illinois in June. PHOTOS: Californians celebrate gay marriage ruling In the Midwest, Minnesota and Iowa already allow gay marriage. The 12 other states in the U.S. that have OKd same-sex unions are California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
November 5, 2013 |
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois General Assembly narrowly approved a gay marriage bill Tuesday, clearing the way for President Obama's home state to become the 15th to legalize same-sex unions. The bill got 61 votes in the House, one more than the minimum needed to send the measure back to the Senate, which quickly signed off on a measure it had already approved in a slightly different form. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has said he will sign the bill. Robyne O'Mara and Lynne Burnett, partners of 33 years and supporters of same-sex marriage, were at the Capitol to watch the House vote.
October 31, 2013 |
When California voters passed Prop. 8 in 2008 outlawing same-sex marriage, Robin Tyler - one-half of Los Angeles' first legally married gay couple - and many others rushed to cast blame on African Americans. That indictment was the catalyst for the documentary "The New Black," a clear-eyed look at both sides of the same-sex marriage debate among blacks leading up to Maryland's historic Question 6 referendum vote in 2012 - the first time same-sex marriage was approved via a statewide ballot.
October 29, 2013 |
Nothing like a Victoria's Secret model to change one's mind about marriage! Just ask Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. The crooner paid a visit Monday night to "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," and Leno teased him about previously rejecting the idea of matrimony. "I remember talking to you one time, you telling me you were never going to get married, and now you're engaged," Leno said. "Tell me what happened here. " Oh, gotcha! "Famous last words, I'll never get married," Levine joked.
October 26, 2013 |
CONCHO, Okla. - Darren Black Bear and Jason Pickel hadn't even planned to send invitations to their upcoming wedding. They're small-town people, they said, and planned an intimate, no-frills celebration of their love. "I intended to tell people, 'Hey, we're getting married. Come on down and have dinner,'" Pickel said, laughing. Then, during an interview in his Oklahoma City apartment, his cellphone vibrated: yet another media request. And then came another. Since word about their upcoming nuptials spread, Pickel and Black Bear have been thrust into the spotlight over one of the most hot-button issues in this state.
October 24, 2013 |
There is no civil rights movement in the country's history that has moved further, faster than the gay rights movement. In 1958, more than nine in 10 of those surveyed in a Gallup Poll opposed marriage between blacks and whites. It took nearly 40 years until a majority of those asked said marriage between people of different skin colors was acceptable. By contrast, in less than 20 years, attitudes toward same-sex marriage have shifted dramatically. By 2012, half or more agreed, in a series of questions posed by Gallup, that “being gay is morally acceptable, that gay relations ought to be legal and that gay or lesbian couples should have the right to legally marry.
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October 23, 2013 |
On the Venice Boardwalk, the pot hawkers come at you like carnival barkers. In their green scrubs, armed with business cards, they beckon passersby to enter their narrow shops. “Do you have a headache? A backache? Come on in, our doctor is very high quality,” a green-clad barker said. “Do you have cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, glaucoma, arthritis, migraine, insomnia or depression?” If you did, you were in luck. The doctor was in. The doctor is always in. Tuesday, I visited the Green Doctors, a hole-in-the-wall storefront next to Jody Maroni's Sausage Kingdom, where 40 bucks gets you a physician visit, and 25 bucks more gets you a medical marijuana card, the only legal way to buy pot in California.
October 21, 2013 |
When you're an all-but-declared candidate for president, everything you do will be viewed through the prism of 2016. So the decision Monday by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to drop a legal challenge to same-sex marriage ensures bucket-loads of analysis by those skipping past his all-but certain reelection next month and peering ahead to an anticipated White House bid starting not long after. The state Supreme Court ruled last week that same-sex couples could be legally wed starting Monday; the first ceremonies were held at 12:01 a.m., making New Jersey the 14 th state in the country to recognize same-sex marriage.
October 21, 2013 |
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie backed away from a court fight over same-sex marriage Monday, a move that further staked his place near the political middle ground at a time the country seems irretrievably divided into warring camps of right and left. The Republican governor's decision not to appeal a state Supreme Court judgment represents a gamble for his expected presidential effort: that in 2016 - after successive losing campaigns and a politically disastrous government shutdown - a majority of Republican primary voters will be willing to forsake ideological purity for a more pragmatic (and, some suggest, winning)