Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Sen. Mark Kirk expressed his support of same-marriage in a statement on his personal blog Tuesday.
Senator Mark Kirk (R-Highland Park), is now the second Republican senator to announce his support of same-sex marriage, reports the Huffington Post. On his blog, Kirk wrote: When I climbed the Capitol steps in January, I promised myself that I would return to the Senate with an open mind and greater respect for others. Same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage. Our time on this Earth is limited, I know that better than most. Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back-- government has no place in the middle. Kirk is the 50th senator to back gay marriage and only the second Republican senator to express his support after Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, who changed his position after his son revealed he was gay, according …
Monday, January 28, 2013
NBC News reports the organization is considering ending the ban that has been in existence for decades.
The Boy Scouts of America ban on gay scouts and scout leaders could soon be over, according to NBC News. The news source reports the group is actively considering ending the ban that has been in existence for decades. If the new policy goes through, the ban on gays would be erased from the Boy Scouts of America’s rules, allowing local organizations to decide for themselves if they want to allow gay scouts and leaders, NBC reports.
Monday, January 7, 2013
Many readers say marriage is not strictly a religious institution and there should be a separation of church and state.
We received more than 100 comments in response to an article about Cardinal Francis George’s letter that says same-sex marriage is “against the common good.” In his letter, George urged Catholics to voice their objections, arguing that because same-sex marriages cannot be consummated and are not undertaken for the purpose of conceiving children that government, "has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible." Many readers agreed with the Cardinal commenting that same sex relations are against nature. “Same sex marriage is awfully odd and against common sense and natural order of life,” Patch reader John Godson wrote. “This same sex stunt is unsustainable because of its crudely raw and animalistic instincts…
Monday, January 31, 2011
Skokie couple welcomes Quinn's signing of legislation, plans ceremony to knot relationship.
In what is seen as a victory for the gay rights movement, Gov. Pat Quinn will today sign a landmark legislation that recognizes same-sex unions in Illinois. Quinn is scheduled to ink the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act at 4 p.m. Monday before a crowd at the Chicago Cultural Center. But the enthusiasm will stretch from the North Shore and beyond. State Rep. Daniel Biss, who represents the 17th District that includes Skokie, said he was "thrilled" about the governor's pending action. "This is a major step toward equality, and it is in keeping with the very best and most inspiring threads in the American narrative," Biss said in an e-mail to Skokie Patch. Biss had just been elected to his House seat when legislators…
Monday, December 20, 2010
Historic legislation passes with 65-31 vote.
In fulfilling one of his 2008 campaign promises, President Barack Obama was given the green light to repeal the military's 17-year ban on openly gay troops serving in the armed forces after the Senate made a historic vote on Saturday to upend the Clinton-era policy known as "don't ask, don't tell." The bill is expected to be signed into law next week. However, changes won't be put into effect immediately. First, Obama will meet with top military advisers to decide if the repeal will hinder the military's ability to fight. After that, there will be a 60-day wait period before any changes occur. In a statement following the vote, Defense Secretary Robert Gates clarified that DADT still remains in place for now. He also pointed out the …