Harris reintroduces bill easing gender-marker change

by Matt Simonette 2017-02-01 Windy City Times State Rep. Greg Harris (D), on Feb. 1, re-introduced legislation allowing transgender Illinoisans to more easily change the gender-marker on their birth certificate. While the state has allowed for changing gender-markers since the ’50s, current law requires the applicant to show proof that they have undergone gender-reassignment surgery, […]

Cook County Inches Closer To 10,000 Same-Sex Marriages

CHICAGO (CBS) — Cook County officials expect to issue the county’s 10,000th same-sex marriage license this week. Cook County became the first in Illinois to allow same-sex couples to wed in February of 2014. Since then, as of Monday morning, 9,990 marriage licenses have been issued to same sex couples, moving closer to the 10,000 […]

Orr, marriage backers anticipate 10,000 same-sex licenses

by Matt Simonette 2016-08-29 Windy City Times Just as attorney John Knight, of ACLU of Illinois, finished speaking at an Aug. 29 press conference heralding the 10,000th marriage license distributed to a same-sex couple in Cook County, County Clerk David Orr said, “I now forgive you for suing me.” While Orr was joking, his remark […]

Trans birth certificate bill to go to IL House floor

by Matt Simonette 2016-04-05   The House Human Services Committee, on April 5, passed a bill 8-6 that would allow transgender Illinoisans to more easily change the gender marker on their birth certificates. The bill now moves to the House floor. HB 6073, introduced in February by openly gay state Rep. Greg Harris, allows a […]

State Bill Would Modernize Process To Change Gender On Illinois Birth Certificates

By Ellyn Fortino from Progress Illinois Legislation aimed at easing the process for transgender people in Illinois to change the gender marker on their birth certificate was introduced in the state House last week. State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) is sponsoring the bill, HB 6073. It would eliminate the state’s current requirement that transgender people in […]

Chicago’s LGBT community celebrates marriage victory at Sidetrack

3/13 4/13 9/13 Chicago, IL — Ald. Tom Tunney was working out Friday morning when he was approached and given a random hug.  He knew why.Art Johnston, meanwhile, was at home Friday morning, with his television fixed to MSNBC, as always.  He heard the announcement, albeit a couple minutes after it actually was made, and immediately […]

Obama urging state lawmakers to legalize gay marriage in Illinois

WASHINGTON–President Barack Obama is urging the Illinois General Assembly to legalize gay marriage in his home state as lawmakers are poised to take up the measure as early as this week in Springfield. “While the president does not weigh in on every measure being considered by state legislatures, he believes in treating everyone fairly and […]

The Daily Kos: Marriage Equality Legislation for Illinois

Wed Feb 08, 2012 at 02:02 PM PST Greg Harris (D) introduces marriage equality legislation for Illinois by JGibsonFollow Share3 permalink 3 Comments Looks like marriage equality may be coming to Illinois sooner than we think, if Greg Harris gets his way. My previous diary mentioned that it wouldn’t come earlier than 2013: Could Illinois […]

Huffington Post: State Lawmakers Aim For Marriage Equality

A group of pro-equality Illinois lawmakers on Wednesday filed a bill in the Illinois General Assembly that would legalize same-sex marriage in the Land of Lincoln.   The bill, filed by the state’s trio of openly gay Reps. Greg Harris, Deb Mell and Kelly Cassidy, would create the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act and […]

2011 Andersonville Story of the Year: Civil Unions…and Respect

From the Andersonville Daily Some stories land with a bang producing cataclysmic changes.   Andersonville’s top story for 2011 isn’t that type of change.  It is one that every day is quietly and fundamentally causing silently profound changes. Civil Unions. It started on January 31st when Governor Quinn signed a bill.  And then moved to […]