As expected via reports this morning, two lawsuits filed Wednesday are part of efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois.
They're filed on behalf of 25 gay and lesbian couples who were denied when they tried to apply for marriage licenses in Cook County.
The lawsuit names Cook County Clerk David Orr, who actually supports gay marriage. He says it's past time for Illinois to allow county clerks to issue marriage licenses to couples who want to make a commitment.
Nixon to sign funding stream for Mo. veterans homes
Gov. Jay Nixon is set to sign legislation that provides a dedicated funding source for the state’s veterans homes.
The measure redirects casino fees that now benefit early childhood programs into a trust fund for the Missouri Veterans Commission. Those early childhood funds will be replaced with money from the state’s tobacco settlement.
The number of Missouri households led by same-sex partners has increased by more than 60 percent over the past decade.
New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show Missouri had more than 15,000 households led by someone living with a same-sex partner. Of those, slightly more than 7,000 involved male partners and 8,200 were female partners. There were children in about one-quarter of those households.
The latest round of population information was released late Wednesday.