Illinois Youth Media

The Right to Marry


The Right to Marry Project's goal is to explore the right to marry in contemporary American society.  This project examines changes in laws, ideas, attitudes and practices regarding interracial, intercultural and same-sex marriage from the perspectives of individuals, couples, and families in east central Illinois from the 20th century to the present.  We also seek to understand the experiences of people in non-traditional marriages, and how such experiences have evolved as laws and perspectives, in our local community and in the broader nation, have changed over time. 

Every year, University Laboratory High School (Uni High) students, in collaboration with radio journalists at WILL/Illinois Public Media, initiate an oral history project.  This is a two-year-long process of inquiry into a topic of broader social relevance, as seen through the lens of our local community.