gay rights http://news.stlpublicradio.org en As Illinois Rolls Out Gay Marriage, Edwardsville Couple To Take Advantage http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-rolls-out-gay-marriage-edwardsville-couple-take-advantage <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Same sex couples in Illinois will be lining up to receive marriage licenses Monday after gay marriage officially became legal across the state Sunday. &nbsp;</span></p><p>The marriage equality bill that passed in 2013 went into effect June 1, although a judge’s ruling prompted a handful of counties to issue marriage licenses earlier than that.</p> Sun, 01 Jun 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Kelly MacNeil 36634 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org As Illinois Rolls Out Gay Marriage, Edwardsville Couple To Take Advantage Commentary: Judging Michael Sam, First As A Football Player http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-judging-michael-sam-first-football-player <p>When Michael Sam finally got the call that the St. Louis Rams had drafted him, he turned to his partner, they embraced and kissed. This scene has played out every year during the NFL draft and rarely garners national attention. The difference this time is that Michael Sam is gay and he kissed his boyfriend.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 03:27:34 +0000 A.J. Bockelman 36250 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Judging Michael Sam, First As A Football Player Attorneys Ask For Quick Ruling In Illinois Same-Sex Marriage Ban http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/attorneys-ask-quick-ruling-illinois-same-sex-marriage-ban <p>Twenty five same-sex couples want to see a quick verdict in their lawsuits regarding the Illinois gay marriage ban.</p><p>Attorneys representing the couples suing over the ban asked a judge&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wednesday to rule through summary judgment.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois filed a motion Wednesday for a judge to rule quickly in the couples’ favor.</span></p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:27:25 +0000 Kristi Luther & The Associated Press 28114 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Attorneys Ask For Quick Ruling In Illinois Same-Sex Marriage Ban Mo. Supreme Court Considering The Link Between Benefits And Marriage http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-supreme-court-considering-link-between-benefits-and-marriage <p>Should certain state benefits be limited only to married couples, even though that could discriminate against gays and lesbians in Missouri?</p><p>That's one of the questions the Missouri Supreme Court will be considering after hearing arguments today in the <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/partner-late-trooper-takes-benefits-fight-supreme-court">case of Kelly Glossip</a>, whose partner, Cpl. Dennis Englehard, was killed in the line of duty as a state trooper.</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 22:20:36 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 9714 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Supreme Court Considering The Link Between Benefits And Marriage Partner Of Late Trooper Takes Benefits Fight To Supreme Court http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/partner-late-trooper-takes-benefits-fight-supreme-court <p>The Missouri Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday in a case that began with the tragic line-of-duty death of a Missouri state trooper.</p><p>According to the state, Dennis Englehard left behind no survivors. But his partner of 15 years disagreed &nbsp;- and sued to access the benefits he felt he was due. A district judge in Cole County rejected that request.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kelly </span>Glossip<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> never thought he would be a gay rights activist.</span></p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 9641 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Partner Of Late Trooper Takes Benefits Fight To Supreme Court