Advocates in Illinois are celebrating the Supreme Court's ruling making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. Equality Illinois says the ruling sends a powerful message that LGBT Americans "should be treated equally and justly in all facets of life.''
Never before has there been as much attention paid to what it means to be transgender. Illinois offers more protections from discrimination and harrassment than most states, but some are still pushing to ensure a good quality of life for people whose gender identity does not match their anatomy.
The changes to the religious objections law were announced Thursday morning, and approved by both chambers that afternoon. Republican Gov. Mike Pence later signed the altered measure, which takes effect in July.
Same sex marriage took effect in Illinois in 2014, and while our state has joined the ranks of others that offer an increased amount of rights and protections to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, cities differ in laws and policies that promote equality.