Category Archives: Illinois

Equality Illinois Publishes List of LGBT-Inclusive Clergy

Equality Illinois realizes that even though some LGBT couples would like to have a religious ceremony, not all officiants would like a religious ceremony for an LGBT couple.  They’ve put together a list of officiants who really don’t care that neither of you will be wearing a dress to save everybody time.  You can make it official starting June 1, so don’t come crying to me that you can’t find someone to marry you in a month.

2014 LGBT Supportive Religious Officiant List – Equality Illinois

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Social Security Only In “Legal” States

The Social Security Administration announced on Friday that it will begin offering partner benefits to same-sex couples, but  BuzzFeed reports the benefits will not be applied as consistently as some other federal benefits available to same-sex couples since the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act.  For now only married same-sex couples who live in a state that recognizes their marriages will be eligible to receive the Social Security spousal benefit.

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Gay Marriage Battleground States

In just the past year, six states legalized same-sex marriage though the political process. Legislatures are being pressed in three other states that are likely to follow suit: New Jersey, Hawaii and Illinois. In Oregon, an effort to reverse a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage through a November 2014 ballot measure is under way. Challenges to similar bans in Nevada, Colorado and Ohio could be in store for November 2016.

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