Supreme Court rulings major victory for same-sex marriage; Local leaders speak out

The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave proponents of same-sex marriage two major victories — striking down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act that denied the same benefits provided to heterosexual spouses to legally married same-sex couples, and allowing same-sex marriages to resume in California.

The news ignited responses on both sides of the issue in Chicago

Chicago alderman James Cappleman celebrated today’s ruling at city hall with his partner Richard.

“It’s an incredible decision,” he said. “It’s a decision I never dreamed possible. We want our civil union upgraded to full marriage.”

Mayor Emanuel said today’s rulings are a step forward for civil rights and justice.

“We don’t need to be standing in the way where two individuals love each other, want to build a family,” he said.
Supporters held a march down Halsted tonight in honor of today’s historic rulings.  Hundreds of activists and supporters gathered at the intersection of Halsted and Roscoe to celebrate two big wins for same sex couples.

“It’s an enormous victory for the LGBT community across the country,” said Christopher Clark, an attorney at Lambda Legal.  “The supreme court said today that it is unacceptable under the federal constitution to treat our families as 2nd class citizens”

But some say there is more work to be done.

“We made tremendous progress today but we still have 37 states without marriage equality let alone job protections and other basic civil rights,” said Andy Thayer, Gay Rights Activist.

Activists are hoping today’s Supreme Court rulings will give momentum to Illinois legislators.

7 comments

    • Jock E Shift

      Well, look at the lead story. People kissing and worshiping trophies. There's no proper perspective anymore. Morals was one of the first things to go.

    • Dan

      What did we expect ? This country is being led,taught and bullied by the liberal extremist left. All I can say is we get what we deserve

  • Law n order

    I AGREE TOTALLY THIS WORLD HAS GONE TO HELL.NO MORALS AND VALUES AND NO GOD.WE DESERVE WHAT WE GET.I PRAY N HOPE GOD DESTROYS THIS WICKED AND DEPRAVED WORLD.SHAME SHAME SHAME ON ALL U CROOKED AND UNSCRUPULOUS POLITICIANS AND JUDGES

  • Tired

    Perhaps you folks should crawl back under the rock you came out of. Its time all human beings are treated equally and stop being treated as second class citizens. There are bigger issues to worry about. Focus your bitterness on something else like gun violence for example….

  • Tired

    You obvisouly havent done your homework if you think its about taxes. There are many other financial factors that are beneficial to gay marriage than paying a marriage tax. Death benefits, social security, health benefits, etc. Who is the dumb dumb!

  • Jim

    All Chicago politians care about are gay rights hmmm. I wonder why are they on the down low. We need to focus on issues that effect everyone like conceal carry but no politician in chicago wants to talk about that.

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