Today is the First Monday in October. No, that’s not just the title of a movie (for those old enough to remember the movie). Each year the Supreme Court returns from summer vacation and begins a new term on the first Monday in October. Naturally, we anxiously await hearing which cases the Court will accept. Each year approximately 10,000 cases are appealed to the Supreme Court, but the Court only accepts about 75 cases. Among the appeals highly watched were those dealing with same-sex marriage. Today the Court decided it will not accept any of the several sex-marriage cases which had been appealed. This means same-sex marriage will now be available in Indiana, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia and Wisconsin. The Justices are scheduled to meet in private this Friday to consider whether they will accept certain cases, so further decisions accepted cases could be released in the next week or two. 
 
Stay tuned.

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Which States Have Legal Same-Sex Marriage?

by Beverly A. Pekala on September 25, 2014

It’s confusing, right? People ask me which states have legalized gay marriage and if it’s not already legal,people would like to know when it is likely to become legal in their state. 
 
The good news is I can answer the first question and tell you where it’s legal now:
 
19 states have legalized same-sex marriage. They are:
California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico,  New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.
 
Same sex marriage is also legal in Washington DC.
 
As for the question of when gay marriage is likely to become legal in the remaining 31 states, I’m not psychic(though I do have my moments), but here’s a hint. Next month the US Supreme Court will consider seven different cases which deal with the subject of gay marriage, so I suspect we’ll know more soon. Stay tuned.   

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Same Sex Marriage

June 2, 2014

Today’s the day. Well, to be technical, yesterday was the day. Same-sex marriage became legal in each of Illinois’ 102 counties on June 1, 2014. But yesterday happened to be a Sunday, so today marriage licenses will begin to issue throughout the entire state and many same-sex couples are expected to tie the knot today. […]

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Would Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage Mean Millions for Illinois?

January 28, 2013

You bet.  And no one needs money more than the great state of Illinois. Just take a look at the millions projected to be made in Maryland, which legalized same-sex marriage last year. The Williams Institute conducted a study predicting that in a three year period weddings by Maryland couples would generate $40 to $64 million,with another $2.5 to $4 million in sales […]

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How Many States Recognize Civil Unions?

January 22, 2013

The answer is 8….at least, as of today. The states which recognize civil unions are: Delaware, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Hawaii and Illinois. But not so fast. Like most laws, this isn’t as simple as it sounds. For example, in Vermont, same-sex marriage was passed in 2009, so civil unions are no […]

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Civil Unions in Arizona?

January 22, 2013

Maybe. Arizona State Senator Ed Ableser introduced a bill which would legally recognize civil unions in Arizona for same-sex as well as opposite sex couples.  This is the same type of law we now have in Illinois, which provides legal recognition of civil unions for both heterosexual couples as well as gay couples.  (And if you’re asking why […]

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What About Supporting Gay Marriage Because It’s Fiscally Responsible?

January 18, 2013

For some, gay marriage is about equality. For some, it’s about morality. For others still reviewing the issue, perhaps an idea worth considering is that gay marriage is fiscally wise. To state the obvious, Illinois is deeply in debt. And weddings are big business. Actually, weddings are beyond big, they’re huge. On average, couples spend $25,000 on the cost of a […]

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Where is Gay Marriage Legal?

January 7, 2013

So here’s your quiz for the day. Which states permit same-sex couples to marry? Here are the answers (and they’re not even written upside down): Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, and Washington. So 9 states permit gay marriage, but don’t forget that the District of Columbia allows gay marriage, too.

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Was Thursday the Day? Sort Of…

January 4, 2013

As it turned out, Thursday was not the day for legalizing gay marriage in Illinois. But it was the day Illinois moved closer to that goal,though perhaps mostly in spirit. Last evening (yes, this did happen after business hours) the Illinois Senate Executive Committee voted  8-5 in favor of the gay marriage legislation, which means the bill will […]

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Today’s Not The Day For Same-Sex Marriage in Illinois

January 3, 2013

We thought that today the Illinois Senate would have voted on legalizing same-sex marriage but the vote has been delayed for at least a week. The Illinois legislature will remain in lame-duck session until next Wednesday when the new session is sworn in. Whether there will be enough votes next week, or thereafter, to pass the bill permitting gay couples […]

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