Equality Illinois reports that a survey of all 102 Illinois counties revealed that at least 3,274 marriage licenses have been issued and another 1,694 civil unions were converted to marriages.
The group also found that after the Illinois Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act went into full effect last month, the same sex-marriages performed in other states, Washington, D.C., and other countries were recognized in Illinois as marriages.
Everyone sing along on the chorus, “The Court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.”
Conservative Republicans claimed victory this past week in the Supreme Court ruling on religious freedom and the White House's acceptance that an immigration overhaul won't happen this year. Today's victories could haunt the GOP in two years' time, as the party's presidential nominee looks for much-needed support among women and Hispanics in the 2016 election.
With no movement on immigration legislation, a new crop of Republican presidential candidates will be asked to outline their own plans for resolving a vexing issue that is a top priority for many Hispanic voters and concerns business leaders who traditionally support the GOP. And Monday's high court decision granting some companies religious exemptions from providing contraception coverage gives Democrats a peg to reopen a debate on women's health that tripped up Republicans in the last election.
The Humane Society of the United States is urging the adoption of humane programs for resolving conflicts with geese after learning that an Illinois homeowner's association had 60 Canada geese and goslings rounded up and killed last Friday.
The humane society said such efforts might include:
A third Colorado county began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on July 11 even though the legal fight is far from resolved in the state.
Pueblo County joined Denver and Boulder County in allowing gay couples to marry a day after a state judge ruled the Boulder clerk can continue issuing the licenses.
Adams County District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree has ruled against Colorado’s constitutional amendment banning marriage equality.
In Brinkman v. Long, attorneys sued Colorado on behalf of a same-sex couple who argue that state ban on marriage equality violates the state and U.S. constitutions.
Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall displayed her independent streak in early July, defying a cease-and-desist order from the Colorado attorney general and continuing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
An international anti-gay hate group will hold its first worldwide conference in the U.S. next year — a four-day gathering in Utah.
The Rockford, Illinois-based World Congress of Families has about 40 partner organizations, including the Focus on the Family and Concerned Women for America. The organization says it brings together people of different religions and ethnicities to promote the "natural human family," which it defines as a man and woman raising children with love and discipline.
A broad-based coalition of 45 organizations led by the American Civil Liberties Union is calling on the president to "provide a full public accounting" of surveillance against U.S. Muslim leaders.
The photo is, mostly, unremarkable. It shows an airplane looming darkly on a runway at Miami Municipal Airport in the spectral shadows just before dawn — probably a test as the photographer waited for the money shot moments later, when the aircraft would lift off with famed aviator Amelia Earhart at its controls, unknowingly headed to a mysterious appointment with fate.
Yet the picture — shot by a now-forgotten Miami Herald photographer just before Earhart departed the United States on her doomed flight around the world on June 1, 1937 — contains an odd detail visible on none of the other thousands of photos of her plane.
The retail giant Target on July 2 asked customers to not bring firearms to its stores.
The announcement made on a company blog was from interim CEO John Mulligan, who has been the focus of a petition drive coordinated by a grassroots group of moms opposed to people carrying guns in a store where adult shoppers often are accompanied by children.
Posting intimate pictures or videos online of former romantic partners as a form or revenge will carry criminal penalties in Colorado as of July 1.
Colorado was one of about two dozen states this year that considered bills addressing the trend of so-called revenge porn.