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Weather Cleared for the Rally for Marriage

Marriage & Civil Unions | August 25, 2014

Rally MontageThe weather cleared for the Rally for Marriage Equality Monday evening, allowing couples from Indiana and Wisconsin to join supporters from Illinois in advance of an important hearing Tuesday on the freedom to marry in the Midwest.

A panel of judges on the U.S. Appeals Court for the 7th Circuit in Chicago will hear oral arguments Tuesday on cases that overturned the bans on same-sex marriage in Indiana and Wisconsin.

Monday night’s rally in the Chicago Federal Plaza welcomed the Indiana and Wisconsin delegations, led by Illinois State Rep. Greg Harris, the author of the Illinois marriage equality law.

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Rally for Marriage Equality in the Midwest

Marriage & Civil Unions | August 17, 2014

Rally Chi Meme jpgSame-sex couples in Illinois now enjoy the protections only marriage can provide. And that historic victory would never have happened without Illinoisans who took action and made their voices heard for equality for all. But the fight isn’t over yet; far from it actually. Because while we secured the freedom to marry in Illinois, we know we won’t truly be free until we secure the freedom to marry nationwide.

At the end of this month, Indiana’s and Wisconsin’s marriage cases will head to the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. So on Monday, August 25th, the eve of the Aug. 26 oral arguments, our friends will be rallying in Chicago to show the nation that the Midwest is ready for the freedom to marry.

Join the Rally for Marriage Equality in the Midwest in the Chicago Federal Plaza on Aug. 25.

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Law Firms Honored for LGBT Diversity

Employment | August 13, 2014

Raising the Bar 2014Equality Illinois today honors 41 Illinois law firms for “Raising the Bar” and leading the way in providing a welcoming and fair work environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees and engaging with the LGBT community.

The Equality Illinois Raising the Bar 2014 report released today goes into depth on the findings of the annual Equality Illinois Law Firm Survey and the common characteristics of the high-scoring firms that were recognized. Among the findings:

-For the third year in a row, 100% of responding firms have an equal employment opportunity policy or non-discrimination policy that expressly included sexual orientation.
-100% of responding large and mid-size firms have an equal employment opportunity policy or non-discrimination policy that includes gender identity and/or gender expression.

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Folks Are Getting Their V Cards at the State Fair

Register to Vote | August 11, 2014

State Fair V Card 2014Folks are signing up to #GetYourVCard at the Illinois State Fair this week.

You can do electronic registration for any voting jurisdiction in the state right in the Equality Illinois booth on the fairgrounds. Or check your registration status.

Find Equality Illinois in the southeast corner of the fairgrounds near the entrance at Sangamon Avenue and Peoria Road now through the end of the fair on August 17.

Or you can #GetYourVCard online at www.GetYourVCard.org.