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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, Illinois

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Lincoln Park Zoo - Chicago

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Event Location in Chicago, IL, USA. Say “I Do” nestled in beautiful gardens and historal landmark buildings in the heart of Chicago. We have 15 spectacular and flexible indoor and outdoor spaces to make your special day truly memorable., Lincoln Park Zoo is the perfect place to say “I Do”. We offer unique venues to fit any couple’s vision. Entertain your friends and family surrounded by our exotic animals, lush gardens and historical landmark buildings right in downtown Chicago!

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: DiNolfo’s Banquets of Homer Glen

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

DiNolfo's Banquets of Homer Glen

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Gay Wedding Event Location in Homer Glen, IL, USA. DiNolfo’s Banquets of Homer Glen is the newest premier venue for weddings and special events. From the 30′ floor to ceiling windows and private outdoor courtyards to the elegant wedding chapels and top-quality service, our Chicago area banquet facility sets the stage for unforgettable celebrations. Imagine your grand entrance on an exquisite winding staircase reminiscent of a classic movie, or portraits enhanced by our enchanting outdoor gazebo.

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Did Hobby Lobby Discriminate Against This Transgender Woman?

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Meggan SommervilleAnd will the US Supreme Court let them use religion to get away with it?

The Advocate reports:

…one employee of the craft-store chain says she’s regularly experienced antitrans prejudice for the past three years. Meggan Sommerville, a transgender frame shop manager who has worked at Hobby Lobby’s Aurora, Ill., location for 16 years, first filed a complaint against the store in 2011 when, she says, management wrote her up for using the women’s restroom. Her complaint alleging discrimination in employment and public accomodations was initially dismissed and then reinstated, and is still pending with the Illinois Department of Human Rights, reports GLAAD.

Although the company recognizes Sommerville as a woman, she is still required to use the men’s bathroom until she has gender reassignment surgery. If the company can deny you birth control, can they also make you have a surgical procedure to suit their religious bias?

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Old Illinois Law Blocks Some Same Sex Couples From Marrying

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Illinois mapAn old law on the books in Illinois is stopping some out of state couples from getting married in the state.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

A provision in Illinois’ marriage law is resulting in disappointment for many same-sex couples in neighboring states hoping to cross the border to obtain a marriage license. Enacted years before same-sex marriage became legal in Illinois, the law states that a marriage license is void if that couple is barred from marrying in the state where they live. The measure was designed to prevent people who are close family or underage from crossing state borders to wed, but is now putting county clerks in a tough spot with same-sex couples traveling from out-of-state to get married in Illinois.

The soonest the glitch could be fixed is next year.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Reverend Toni Maddi, Chicago

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Reverend Toni Maddi, ChicagoPeriodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Reverend Toni Maddi is an ordained, non-denominational minister who will help you to create your own unique and personalized ceremony to make it touching and meaningful.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Music By Design, Chicago, Illinois

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Music by Design ChicagoPeriodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Entertainment in Chicago, IL, USA. Music By Design is Chicago Gay Wedding DJ dedicated to providing outstanding customer service. By establishing clear lines of communication, we constantly evolve our techniques based on your specific needs.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Reverend Denise Tracy, Chicago, Illinois

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Reverend Denise Tracy, ChicagoPeriodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Officiants in Chicago, IL, USA. For your special day I will help you create a ceremony that is uniquely yours. I will help you have a day to remember, always.

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Illinois Marriage Equality a Reality Statewide

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Chicago ShorelineAs of this morning, Illinois marriage equality is now the law statewide, although county clerk offices won’t open until tomorrow to hand out licenses.

The Washington Blade reports:

A law allowing same-sex couples to marry in Illinois took effect throughout the state on Sunday. The Windy City Times reported a number of public events are scheduled to take place in the Chicago metropolitan area to celebrate the statute taking effect. These include the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Equality Illinois on Monday hosting 15 same-sex couples who will tie the knot. “It is such a historic moment for our state,” Equality Illinois CEO Bernard Cherkasov told the Washington Blade before the law took effect. “For the first time ever no matter where you live in the state these couples in loving, committed relationships will have their love and family recognized as equal by the law. And that means so much for people.”

Quad City Times notes that those with existing civil unions can backdate their marriage licenses to their civil unions date:

Three years after taking part in a civil union June 2, 2011, with many other couples in Chicago’s Millennium Park, Hartman, 36, and Dickey, 39, will be relieved that they can identify themselves as a married couple with state gay marriage laws taking effect Sunday. “We’re going to be celebrating our three-year (civil union) anniversary by going to City Hall in Rock Island,” said Hartman, who added the couple considered getting married in a different state, such as Iowa, but decided against it. “We decided what we’d really like to do is to have our civil union retroactively turned into a marriage,” Hartman said. “Instead of saying we got a civil union, it will say we got married in 2011.”

The change may be more than symbolic – couples can refile their taxes and claim any additional savings for those three years.

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Illinois Marriage Equality Coming on June 1st

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Illinois mapIllinois Marriage equality will come to the whole state on June 1st, the day the new law finally goes into effect.

Joe.My.God reports:

Same-sex couples have been able to marry in more than a dozen Illinois counties following a February ruling that initially applied only to Cook County. The rest of the state’s counties will follow at the end of this week when SB10 formally goes into effect statewide on June 1st. Via the Windy City Times: Representatives from Champaign, Christian, Crawford and Montgomery counties told Equality Illinois their clerk’s offices would be open Sunday, June 1. Cook will not be open until the next day. Because of a 24-hour waiting period that is required after getting a marriage license, June 2 will be the first day couples applying on that day can marry. In areas where the county clerk’s office is closed June 1, June 3 will be first day.

Joe also notes that couples who marry after June 1st can backdate their marriage licenses to the date of their civil union together.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Highland Park Country Club, Highland Park, Illinois

Monday, May 5th, 2014
Photo by Michael Metzger Photographer

Photo by Michael Metzger Photographer

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Event Location in Highland Park, IL, USA. The most important day of your life … make it unforgettable, breath-taking ballroom featuring panoramic views of the golf course. Gazebo setting for wedding ceremonies. Ballroom can accommodate up to 350 guests. Conveniently located just 30 minutes north of downtown Chicago., Highland Park Country Club provides all of its guests with a spectacular view of the golf course, world-class personalized service, delectable food and a location that’s extremely accessible.

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