gay marriage http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Nixon Wants Missourians To Vote Again On Same-Sex Marriage http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-wants-missourians-vote-again-same-sex-marriage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://governor.mo.gov/">Gov. Jay Nixon</a> says he hopes </span>Missourians<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> get another chance to vote on same-sex marriage.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Democrat made that comment Thursday in response to a reporter's question during the annual Missouri Press Association/Associated Press Day at the Capitol. &nbsp;The governor said that he's in favor of repealing the 2004 constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.</span></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 03:41:42 +0000 Marshall Griffin 33706 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon Wants Missourians To Vote Again On Same-Sex Marriage Illinois To Become 15th State To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-become-15th-state-legalize-same-sex-marriage <p><em>Will be updated further.</em></p><p><strong>Updated 9:39 a.m. Nov. 6:</strong></p><p>The final step to make same-sex marriage legal in Illinois, Gov. Quinn's signature, will come this month at a big event, Illinois Public Radio's Amanda&nbsp;Vinicky reports:</p><p></p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 22:16:39 +0000 Kelsey Proud, The Associated Press & Illinois Public Radio 31191 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois To Become 15th State To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage In Depth: How Will The Court’s Gay Marriage Rulings Impact Missourians? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/depth-how-will-court-s-gay-marriage-rulings-impact-missourians <p>Gay rights activists view the recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage as a victory.</p><p>In two 5-4 decisions, the Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and effectively put to rest California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage by ruling that its supporters did not have standing to challenge a lower court’s ruling that the measure was unconstitutional.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 20:31:03 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 27902 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In Depth: How Will The Court’s Gay Marriage Rulings Impact Missourians? McCaskill Praises Kirkwood Train Station Volunteers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mccaskill-praises-kirkwood-train-station-volunteers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) cut cake and scooped ice cream during a ceremony to celebrate the volunteers who helped restore and now staff the Amtrak station in downtown Kirkwood.</p><p>“We are celebrating the best of this community, which are the kind people who decided this train station is worth saving,” McCaskill said.&nbsp; “It’s now recognized as one of the best train stations in the country.”</p><p>McCaskill also read a letter of thanks from Vice President, and vocal Amtrak supporter, Joe Biden.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 29 Jun 2013 18:16:33 +0000 Tim Lloyd 27836 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org McCaskill Praises Kirkwood Train Station Volunteers Will Ill. Legalize Gay Marriage Before Legislature Adjourns? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gay-marriage-supporters-face-tough-fight-blue-illinois The clock is ticking for those who hope Illinois will become the 13th state to legalize same-sex marriage.<p>The Illinois General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn its spring session Friday night, and the marriage equality bill still has not been called for a vote in the state House, where supporters are struggling to round up the 60 votes necessary to pass it.<p>Advocates of LGBT rights had hoped to make Illinois the first Midwestern state to legalize same-sex marriage legislatively (in Iowa, the state Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2009), but Minnesota beat the Land of Lincoln t Thu, 30 May 2013 21:47:00 +0000 David Schaper 26910 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Will Ill. Legalize Gay Marriage Before Legislature Adjourns? Legal Roundtable: Gay Marriage, Drones, Contraception, Etc. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/legal-roundtable-gay-marriage-drones-contraception-etc <p>The U.S. Supreme Court, last week, heard arguments on two gay rights cases which may produce landmark rulings.&nbsp;</p><p>The Missouri legislature is considering banning the use of drones by journalists while the University of Missouri Journalism School is teaching students how to use them.</p><p>And, Missouri’s contraception exception law is no more – at least for now.</p><p>Those and other topics were discussed as part of our monthly legal roundtable.</p><p></p><p>Our guests:</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 22:39:09 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 25026 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Legal Roundtable: Gay Marriage, Drones, Contraception, Etc. Ill. Senate Votes To Lift State Ban On Same-Sex Marriage http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-senate-votes-lift-state-ban-same-sex-marriage <p><em>Will be updated.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois Senate has voted to legalize same-sex marriage, advancing a proposal that would make the state the </span>10th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in the nation allowing same-sex couples to wed.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a 34-21 vote Thursday, lawmakers approved a measure to lift a state ban on same-sex marriage. The bill now moves to the House, where Democrats also hold a majority.</span></p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:37:06 +0000 The Associated Press, Kelsey Proud & Illinois Public Radio 9307 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Senate Votes To Lift State Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Same-Sex Marriage Bill Advances In Illinois http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/same-sex-marriage-bill-advances-illinois <p><em>Reporting by WBEZ's Tony Arnold.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois is advancing.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the second time in a month - the Senate Executive Committee approved the legalization of same-sex marriage along party lines.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawmakers tried to pass a similar bill before the end of session last month - but failed to get the necessary support.</span></p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 22:41:10 +0000 WBEZ 9013 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Same-Sex Marriage Bill Advances In Illinois Missourians For Equality Hold Petition Kickoff To Change State Nondiscrimination Policy http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missourians-equality-hold-petition-kickoff-change-state-nondiscrimination-policy <p>The gay and lesbian community is pushing to be included in a state law to protect against discrimination. The nonpartisan political action committee<a href="http://moforequality.virb.com/"> Missourians for Equality</a> is kicking off its statewide petition drive in several areas across</p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 21:42:40 +0000 Erin Williams 8498 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missourians For Equality Hold Petition Kickoff To Change State Nondiscrimination Policy Will Illinois Become The 10th State To Legalize Gay Marriage? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/will-illinois-become-10th-state-legalize-gay-marriage <p><em>&nbsp;Updated 5:49 p.m.</em></p><p>The Associated Press reports that the bill has cleared the Senate committee and will head to the full Senate for a vote.&nbsp;</p><p>It is not clear when that vote will take place.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Updated 4:51 p.m. with information on start of hearing. Will be updated.&nbsp;</em></p><p>A Senate committee has started considering a landmark bill that could make Illinois the 10th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage.</p><p>Hundreds of people have submitted comments for and against the measure.</p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 12:13:42 +0000 Illinois Public Radio & The Associated Press 7965 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Will Illinois Become The 10th State To Legalize Gay Marriage?