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Note: Listings are ordered by vendor type, then by city.

White Pines Golf Club & Banquets - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in Bensenville, IL, USA

White Pines Golf Club & Banquets
500 W. Jefferson St., Bensenville, IL, 60106, USA

Phone: 1 630 766-0304
Fax: 1 630 766-0626
Contact: Laura Wassinger

Serving: Chicago Area
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Event Location in Bensenville, IL, USA. The beautiful grounds at White Pines Golf Club are accented by a pond with waterfall and fountain, offering an ideal setting for your wedding ceremony and reception in any season.
USA, IL, Bensenville - Gay Friendly

Flow Ceremonies - Gay FriendlyOfficiants in Chicago, IL, USA

Flow Ceremonies
Chicago, IL, 60625, USA

Phone: 1 773 203-4631
Contact: Sheri Reda

Serving: Chicago area
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Officiants in Chicago, IL, USA. One-of-a-Kind customized ceremonies that reflect your relationship, your values, your vision. I officiate at weddings, life passages from birth to death, and other ceremonies throughout Chicago and the Midwest, and I'll be delighted to help you have a one-of-a-kind ceremony that reflects your personal style!
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

Stitely Entertainment - Gay FriendlyEntertainment in Evanston, IL, USA

Stitely Entertainment
800 Custer Ave., Evanston, IL, 60602, USA

Phone: 1 847 866-8002
Fax: 1 847 866-8042
Contact: Jeff Stitely

Serving: Chicago, N. suburbs
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Entertainment in Chicago, IL, USA. One of Chicago's top live music companies, we feature four exceptional bands and DJs for weddings, corporate or charitable events. We have fantastic jazz, string and acoustic rock combos, as well as professional solo musicians. Delivering a perfect event is an art and planning it is a science. Stitely Entertainment has mastered both by planning and executing thousands of unique events.
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

Music By Design - Gay FriendlyEntertainment in Geneva, IL, USA

Music By Design
611 E. State St. , Geneva, IL, 60134, USA

Phone: 1 630 262-0432

Serving: Chicagoland
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Entertainment in Chicago, IL, USA. Music By Design is Chicago Gay Wedding DJ dedicated to providing outstanding customer service. By establishing clear lines of communication, we constantly evolve our techniques based on your specific needs.
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

All Events DJ - Gay FriendlyEntertainment in Mount Pleasant, WI, USA

All Events DJ
PO Box 085492, Mount Pleasant, WI, 53408, USA

Phone: 1 262 818-4335
Contact: Gretchen Gayhart

Serving: Milwaukee, WI
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Entertainment in Chicago, IL, USA. Featuring The Bose L1 Sound System - This award-winning system blends elegantly with any decor, filling your venue with an even, warm and rich sound, while allowing your seated guests to carry on a conversation. We deliver respectful, patient, personal service in addition to working with your preferences. It's been said, we go above and beyond in providing music that allows everyone at your event to feel welcome.
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

Bill Pollack Music - Gay FriendlyEntertainment in Evanston, IL, USA

Bill Pollack Music
1317 Greenwood St., Evanston, IL, 60201, USA

Phone: 1 847 475-0411
Fax: 1 847 475-0474
Contact: Bill Pollack

Serving: Chicago, Milwaukee
Purple Unions Disc: 10%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Entertainment in Chicago, IL, USA. Chicago's go-to company for all things musically creative. Bill provides a unique conceptual vision of how to sidestep the conventional. His band, the Bill Pollack Orchestra featuring The Move, has been featured at countless corporate events, weddings and galas for the likes of the Chicago Symphony and the Joffrey Ballet. We contract a variety of eclectic musical choices including classical or rock string quartets, world music ensembles, techno-pop groups, gospel choirs and more.
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

Artists, Events & Entertainment - Gay FriendlyEntertainment in Chicago, IL, USA

Artists, Events & Entertainment
1660 N. Hudson Ave. Ste 1F, Chicago, IL, 60614, USA

Phone: 1 312 832-1100
Fax: 1 866 324-1961
Contact: Mary Rothe

Serving: Chicago, Suburbs
Purple Unions Disc: 5%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Entertainment in Chicago, IL, USA. We are an entertainment agency representing all types of entertainment for your very special day! Orchestra's, dance bands, string quartets, Jazz trio's, pianists, caricatures artists, magicians and more. We have over 25 years of experience in providing the most fabulous entertainment for your wedding or special affair.
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

Armstrong Entertainment - Gay FriendlyEntertainment in Marseilles, IL, USA

Armstrong Entertainment
910 magnolia st, Marseilles, IL, 61341, USA

Phone: 1 630 841-9542
Contact: Jerry Armstrong

Serving: Ilinois, Wisconsin, Indiana
Purple Unions Disc: 10%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Entertainment in Chicago, IL, USA. Let me introduce myself, I am a Wedding DJ/Singer, Jerry Armstrong. I am a professional, I've been providing wedding entertainment for over 20 years. As a DJ, I play a variety of music, or can play exactly the type of music you are looking to hear. I have a great sound system and lighting/effects. I am also a singer impressionist (sound like the real thing, solo act)
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

Top Shelf Bartending Inc - Gay FriendlyEntertainment in Chicago, IL, USA

Top Shelf Bartending Inc
525 W Stratford Pl, Apt 481, Chicago, IL, 60657, USA

Phone: 1 248 808-0353
Contact: Nathan Parkins

Serving: Illinois
Purple Unions Disc: 5%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Entertainment in Chicago, IL, USA. Robotic & human bartending, servers and DJ's for your wedding. We are revolutionizing the way you have fun. With our top of the line DJ's we promise to make your wedding truly special.
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

MDM Entertainment - Gay FriendlyEntertainment in Schaumburg, IL, USA

MDM Entertainment
1254 Remington Rd., Schaumburg, IL, 60173, USA

Phone: 1 773 253-4986
Contact: Patti

Serving: Chicagoland
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Entertainment in Chicago, IL, USA. MDM Entertainment is a Chicago disc jockey company specializing in contemporary and elegant wedding receptions for Chicagoland's LGBT community. All of our DJs, technicians and staff are excited and honored to celebrate with you on your wedding day and to provide you with exemplary entertainment. We're firm believers that all couples should have the right to marry and we proudly offer DJ, lighting, decor and photo booth services for your wedding.
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

Memory Makers Entertainment - Gay FriendlyEntertainment in Grayslake, IL, USA

Memory Makers Entertainment
148 Center St Ste A, Grayslake, IL, 60030, USA

Phone: 1 847 223-9653
Contact: Dave Woll

Serving: Lake County Illinois
Purple Unions Disc: 15%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Entertainment in Grayslake, IL, USA. Lake County's top entertainment service. DJs, photobooth and uplighting services for any occasion from 25- 2,500. Our Gay Friendly service holds a hold a month showcase for you to "try it, before you buy it".
USA, IL, Grayslake - Gay Friendly

DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago-Alsip - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in Alsip, IL, USA

DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago-Alsip
5000 West 127th St, Alsip, IL, 60803, USA

Phone: 1 708 371-7300
Contact: Julie Popovic

Serving: Chicago South Suburbs
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Event Location in Alsip, IL, USA. The Doubletree Chicago-Alsip is the perfect venue for your special day! Personalized attention, exceptional service, world-class accommodations and award-winning catering services are what make us the preeminent Chicago wedding venue. Our Wedding Specialist will work with you personally and walk you through the entire wedding reception process to make sure you are comfortable with all of the arrangements and to ensure all details are covered.
USA, IL, Alsip - Gay Friendly

Alto Vineyards - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in Alto Pass, IL, USA

Alto Vineyards
8515 Hwy 127 North, Alto Pass, IL, 62905, USA

Phone: 1 618 893-4898
Contact: Corey Peters

Serving: IL
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Event Location in Alto Pass, IL, USA. Alto Vineyards is the oldest, most award winning winery in Southern Illinois, nestled in the Shawnee National Forest in the town of Alto Pass. With many different venues on premise, we can offer every couple a unique wedding experience. From an extravagant gala in our new 5000 sq ft tasting room, to simple elegance with a ceremony in the vineyard, every wedding is sure to make lasting memories.
USA, IL, Alto Pass - Gay Friendly

White Pines Golf Club & Banquets - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in Bensenville, IL, USA

White Pines Golf Club & Banquets
500 W. Jefferson St., Bensenville, IL, 60106, USA

Phone: 1 630 766-0304
Fax: 1 630 766-0626
Contact: Laura Wassinger

Serving: Chicago Area
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Event Location in Bensenville, IL, USA. The beautiful grounds at White Pines Golf Club are accented by a pond with waterfall and fountain, offering an ideal setting for your wedding ceremony and reception in any season.
USA, IL, Bensenville - Gay Friendly

The Field Museum - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in Chicago, IL, USA

The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL, 60605, USA

Phone: 1 312 665-7600
Contact: Kristine Thomsen

Serving: Chicago
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Event Location in Chicago, IL, USA. The Field Museum is a stunning and memorable choice for wedding receptions! Stanley Field Hall, our premium event site includes two levels of reception and dining space as well as access to SUE, our world famous T-Rex. Additionally, guests may tour galleries on both levels of the museum or enjoy views of the downtown skyline and Lake Michigan.
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

Michelle's Ballroom Inc. - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in Chicago, IL, USA

Michelle's Ballroom Inc.
2800 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL, 60618, USA

Phone: 1 773 478-1828
Toll Free: 1 888 837-3922
Contact: Jorge

Serving: Central
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Event Location in Chicago, IL, USA. A brick bank building with front tall columns, built in the 1900's, now its fully remodeled and located on the near north side of Chicago
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

Christ Church of Chicago - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in Chicago, IL, USA

Christ Church of Chicago
6047 N. Rockwell St., Chicago, IL, 60659, USA

Phone: 1 773 338-8170
Contact: Brandyn Simmons

Serving: Chicago
Purple Unions Disc: 5%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Event Location in Chicago, IL, USA. Christ Church of Chicago is an open and affirming progressive church. We are happy to host your ceremony and Rev. Brandyn Simmons will officiate and work with you to create the ceremony that best fits you.
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

Lincoln Park Zoo - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in Chicago, IL, USA

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL, 60614, USA

Phone: 1 312 742-2400
Fax: 1 312 742-0547
Contact: Lindsay Scully

Serving: Chicagoland
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Event Location in Chicago, IL, USA. Say "I Do" nestled in beautiful gardens and historal landmark buildings in the heart of Chicago. We have 15 spectacular and flexible indoor and outdoor spaces to make your special day truly memorable., Lincoln Park Zoo is the perfect place to say "I Do". We offer unique venues to fit any couple's vision. Entertain your friends and family surrounded by our exotic animals, lush gardens and historical landmark buildings right in downtown Chicago!
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

Infinity and Ovation Yacht Charters - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in St. Clair Shores, MI, USA

Infinity and Ovation Yacht Charters
400 Maple Park Blvd Ste 404, St. Clair Shores, MI, 48081, USA

Phone: 1 586 778-7030
Fax: 1 586 773-3100
Contact: Sales

Serving: Metro Chicago
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Event Location in Chicago, IL, USA. Board in Detroit or St. Clair Shores and marry legally in Canadian waters!
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

Salvatore's Ristornate - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in Chicago, IL, USA

Salvatore's Ristornate
525 W. Arlington Pl., Chicago, IL, 60614, USA

Phone: 1 773 528-1200
Contact: Suzi & Amanda

Serving: Midwest
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Event Location in Chicago, IL, USA. Set in the heart of Lincoln Park in Chicago, Salvatore's Ristorante captures the essence of traditional Italian cuisine while presenting couples with a charming and elegant venue to fall in love with. Here at Salvatore's we want to create the vision you have for your event and exceed it. Our event coordinators are here for you from the minute you walk in to see the space until the second you leave after your event.
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

St. John's Episcopal Church - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in Chicago, IL, USA

St. John's Episcopal Church
3857 North Kostner Ave., Chicago, IL, 60641, USA

Phone: 1 773 725-9026
Contact: Kara Wagner Sherer

Serving: Chicago
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Event Location in Chicago, IL, USA. St. John's is a 'country church' in the city, an intimate space for 125 guests and a beautiful garden for ceremony and/or reception. We have celebrated LGBT weddings since 2008. Marriage preparation with an Episcopal priest, musician, a mentoring couple, and service planning are included.
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

Crowne Plaza Lombard Downers Grove - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in Glen Ellyn, IL, USA

Crowne Plaza Lombard Downers Grove
1250 Roosevelt Rd, Glen Ellyn, IL, 60137, USA

Phone: 1 630 613-1239
Fax: 1 630 629-0025
Contact: Stephanie Cuba

Serving: Chicago Suburbs
Purple Unions Disc: 15%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Event Location in Glen Ellyn, IL, USA. Your eco-chic wedding awaits. We know how special this day is to you, the start of a new chapter in your life. Which is why you should start that chapter with class, style and personality. You can experience eco-luxury any night of the year with our award winning restaurant, banquet space and guestroom accommodations.
USA, IL, Glen Ellyn - Gay Friendly

Highland Park Country Club - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in Highland Park , IL, USA

Highland Park Country Club
1201 Park Ave W., Highland Park , IL, 60035, USA

Phone: 1 847 432-8048
Fax: 1 847 433-8720
Contact: Kristen Kwasniewski

Serving: Midwest
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Event Location in Highland Park, IL, USA. The most important day of your life ... make it unforgettable, breath-taking ballroom featuring panoramic views of the golf course. Gazebo setting for wedding ceremonies. Ballroom can accommodate up to 350 guests. Conveniently located just 30 minutes north of downtown Chicago., Highland Park Country Club provides all of its guests with a spectacular view of the golf course, world-class personalized service, delectable food and a location that's extremely accessible.
USA, IL, Highland Park - Gay Friendly

DiNolfo's Banquets of Homer Glen - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in Homer Glen, IL, USA

DiNolfo's Banquets of Homer Glen
14447 West 159th St., Homer Glen, IL, 60491, USA

Phone: 1 708 645-1900
Fax: 1 708 645-6416
Contact: Richard Helmin

Serving: Chicago Suburbs
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Event Location in Homer Glen, IL, USA. DiNolfo's Banquets of Homer Glen is the newest premier venue for weddings and special events. From the 30' floor to ceiling windows and private outdoor courtyards to the elegant wedding chapels and top-quality service, our Chicago area banquet facility sets the stage for unforgettable celebrations. Imagine your grand entrance on an exquisite winding staircase reminiscent of a classic movie, or portraits enhanced by our enchanting outdoor gazebo.
USA, IL, Homer Glen - Gay Friendly

Wyndham Lisle Hotel - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in Lisle, IL, USA

Wyndham Lisle Hotel
3000 Warrenville Rd. , Lisle, IL, 60532, USA

Phone: 1 630 577-6028
Contact: Lauren Klancic

Serving: Chicagoland
Purple Unions Disc: 15%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS, Only applies to Fri/Sun weddings, holidays excluded

Gay Wedding Event Location in Lisle, IL, USA. The Wyndham Lisle is the perfect choice for your wedding. Take advantage of IACC-certified meeting space, first-class technological amenities, and a high level of personalized service. When planning your Chicago area wedding, civil union or social function, you just want to enjoy the festivities and camaraderie. Why leave anything to chance?
USA, IL, Lisle - Gay Friendly

Hilton Lisle/Naperville - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in Lisle, IL, USA

Hilton Lisle/Naperville
3003 Corporate West Dr., Lisle, IL, 60532, USA

Phone: 1 630 245-7600
Toll Free: 1 800 552-2599
Fax: 1 630 505-8948
Contact: Jamie Bunting

Serving: Chicago West Suburbs
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Event Location in Lisle, IL, USA. At the Hilton Lisle/Naperville, weddings have been our specialty for over 30 years. Our professional planners work with you personally on every detail to ensure your wedding exceeds all of your expectations and is truly a day you will never forget. Choose from one of our 3 beautifully appointed ballrooms for your reception, each completely separate from the others to ensure no distractions from other weddings or events.
USA, IL, Lisle - Gay Friendly

South Church - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in Mount Prospect, IL, USA

South Church
501 South Emerson St., Mount Prospect, IL, 60056, USA

Phone: 1 847 253-0501
Contact: Rick Kesler

Serving: Chicago area
Purple Unions Disc: 10%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Event Location in Mount Prospect, IL, USA. The South Church welcomes you and invites you to celebrate your union in our beautiful sanctuary. Built in 1937, our church building captures an air of the traditional as well as the modern. Its white frame structure is patterned on a colonial design that sets it off from most other churches in the area. New stained glass windows were installed in the 1990s.
USA, IL, Mount Prospect - Gay Friendly

DoubleTree by Hilton Libertyville-Mundelein - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in Mundelein, IL, USA

DoubleTree by Hilton Libertyville-Mundelein
510 E. IL Route 83, Mundelein, IL, 60060, USA

Phone: 1 847 949-5100
Fax: 1 847 970-6961
Contact: Lesley Boyer

Serving: Chicago suburbs
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Event Location in Mundelein, IL, USA. The DoubleTree by Hilton Libertyville-Mundelein, perfectly blended with the 5-star styling and service of a downtown hotel, provides superb banquet services within our 425-guest capacity Ballroom and adjacent event rooms. Let our Catering Managers, award-winning Executive Chef and banquet team guide you through the event planning process - let us handle the details so you may enjoy every moment of your celebration!
USA, IL, Mundelein - Gay Friendly

Hilton Chicago Northbrook - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in Northbrook, IL, USA

Hilton Chicago Northbrook
2855 N. Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook, IL, 60062, USA

Phone: 1 847 509-7010
Contact: Nicole Virola

Serving: Chicago North Shore
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Event Location in Northbrook, IL, USA. Looking for the perfect Chicago wedding venue or reception hall? Let the experts at the Hilton Chicago/Northbrook and Allgauers Catering, with over 40 years of excellence in the North Shore, plan your wedding and create a special day unlike any other. The Hilton Chicago Northbrook Hotel and Allgauer's Restaurant is a premier Chicago wedding venue and reception hall featuring a stunning and elegant Grand Ballroom
USA, IL, Northbrook - Gay Friendly

Midwest Conference Center - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in Northlake, IL, USA

Midwest Conference Center
401 W Lake St., Northlake, IL, 60164, USA

Phone: 1 708 409-2828 #1
Fax: 1 708 409-2750
Contact: Zoila Matricardi

Serving: Chicagoland Area
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Event Location in Northlake, IL, USA. We have the perfect location for that special occasion. Our 16th Floor Skyline Ballroom is surrounded by floor to ceiling windows, giving you an unobstructed view of the the dramatic Chicago skyline.
USA, IL, Northlake - Gay Friendly

Crowne Plaza O'Hare - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in Rosemont, IL, USA

Crowne Plaza O'Hare
5440 North River Rd., Rosemont, IL, 60018, USA

Phone: 1 847 928-3716
Toll Free: 1 800 593-5447
Fax: 1 847 671-1378
Contact: Dennis Chaffee

Serving: Chicagoland
Purple Unions Disc: 15%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS, Friday, Sundays

Gay Wedding Event Location in Rosemont, IL, USA. Create a magical wedding day by reserving the one of our spectacular ballrooms. An exceptional wedding ceremony and reception venue in the West Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois. Our convenient location, beautiful Ballrooms, experienced staff and phenomenal culinary selections, hotel is the perfect host for your Chicago area wedding.
USA, IL, Rosemont - Gay Friendly

Rippon-Kinsella House - Gay OwnedEvent Location in Springfield, IL, USA

Rippon-Kinsella House
1317 N. 3rd St., Springfield, IL, 62702, USA

Phone: 1 217 241-3367
Contact: Roger Schmitz

Serving: Midwest
Purple Unions Disc: 10%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS, Sun-Thu

Gay Wedding Event Location in Springfield, IL, USA. Come to Springfield and hold your Civil Union ceremony in our garden or indoors in our foyer when all three guestrooms are rented. Seating for ten guests in the formal dining room. Bring your own food or local caterers are available.
USA, IL, Springfield - Gay Owned

Midlane Country Club - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in Wadsworth, IL, USA

Midlane Country Club
4555 West Yorkhouse Rd., Wadsworth, IL, 60083, USA

Phone: 1 847 360-0550
Fax: 1 847 360-1730
Contact: Marc Tepper

Serving: Northern Chicago Suburbs
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Event Location in Wadsworth, IL, USA. Midlane Country Club is a fantastic location for any wedding or event.
USA, IL, Wadsworth - Gay Friendly

Occasions Chicago Catering - Gay OwnedFood & Beverage in Chicago, IL, USA

Occasions Chicago Catering
116 N. Willard Ct., Chicago, IL, 60607, USA

Phone: 1 312 942-1515
Fax: 1 312 942-0505
Contact: Gerard McGuiggan

Serving: Chicago, Suburbs
Purple Unions Disc: 5%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS, Food & Beverage only

Gay Wedding Food & Beverage in Chicago, IL, USA. Gay owned and minded! Let us help make your special day free of drama and full of exceptional food and drink! Occasions Chicago Catering brings you the finest in weddings and social event planning and catering.
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Owned

Cork Catering & Special Events - Gay FriendlyFood & Beverage in Addison, IL, USA

Cork Catering & Special Events
1421 W Fullerton Ave., Addison, IL, 60101, USA

Phone: 1 888 932-3233
Toll Free: 1 888 932-3233
Contact: Matthew Green

Serving: Chicago Region
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Food & Beverage in Chicago, IL, USA. Cork Catering & Special Events is a leading provider of food-service offerings, including fine catering and event planning in the Chicagoland area. We combine food mastery, client focus, and operational excellence to consistently deliver the unexpected. With innovative, fresh menus and a focus on expedient service, we have one thing in mind: the complete satisfaction of our customers.
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

From The Field Cooking School - Gay FriendlyFood & Beverage in Morton, IL, USA

From The Field Cooking School
2029 S. Main St., Morton, IL, 61550, USA

Phone: 1 309 263-6020
Contact: Bill Turney

Serving: Central Illinois
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Food & Beverage in Peoria, IL, USA. We offer 'outside the box' catering. We have a fixed menu, but can make whatever you want (ethnic, vegan, family recipes, whatever - we have no limitations). We also do bachelorette cooking parties, rehearsal dinners & small weddings & receptions, as well as baby & bridal showers.
USA, IL, Peoria - Gay Friendly

That Travel Lady - Gay FriendlyHoneymoon Travel in Schaumburg, IL, USA

That Travel Lady
231 Trenton Ct, Schaumburg, IL, 60193, USA

Phone: 1 847 452-8091
Fax: 1 866 452-7055
Contact: Wendy Dall

Serving: Cont. USA
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Honeymoon Travel in Chicago, IL, USA. That Travel Lady is a full service travel agent who has a passion for helping busy professional couples realize their dream destination wedding, honeymoon or romantic getaway. My passion for travel has lead me to the joy of helping others experience the world.
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

Travel Leaders of Naperville - Gay FriendlyHoneymoon Travel in Naperville, IL, USA

Travel Leaders of Naperville
1163 E Ogden Ave Ste 717, Naperville, IL, 60563, USA

Phone: 1 630 355-8821
Toll Free: 1 800 848-2780
Fax: 1 630 355-8851
Contact: Christie Kruchten

Serving: Chicagoland Area
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Honeymoon Travel in Naperville, IL, USA. Travel Leaders has been assisting travelers for nearly 30 years. We have established relationships in the travel industry that enable us to offer you special offers and amenities you won' find anywhere else - even online. We have the education and the experience to ensure you enjoy exceptional travel experiences throughout your lifetime. Our promise to you... "When travel with us, you travel better."
USA, IL, Naperville - Gay Friendly

All Ceremonies Beautifully Done - Gay FriendlyOfficiants in Evanston, IL, USA

All Ceremonies Beautifully Done
148 Clyde Ave, Evanston, IL, 60202, USA

Phone: 1 847 491-0603
Contact: Marian Hale

Serving: Chicagoland
Purple Unions Disc: 10%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Officiants in Chicago, IL, USA. You're looking for something different, a ceremony to reflect your relationship and delight your guests. That's what I do best. My first same sex wedding was in 1998 -- a transcendent experience for everyone present. And I am still deeply moved by this work. My only agenda is to create with you the most beautiful and memorable ceremony possible -- let's meet soon to discuss your big day!
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

Affirmative Ceremonies - Gay FriendlyOfficiants in Chicago, IL, USA

Affirmative Ceremonies
Chicago, IL, 60660, USA

Phone: 1 773 592-2247
Contact: Rev Joette Waters

Serving: Illinois
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Officiants in Chicago, IL, USA. Congratulations on your engagement! It is a special honor to Officiate weddings and I do so with love, and enthusiasm. I am an Ordained Interfaith Minister and the former founding Pastor of the Empowerment Center Chicago, where I had served since1995. Whether a traditional or non-traditional wedding, I enjoy helping to create a unique Ceremony that resonates with you and your guests. I am also happy to perform a bi-lingual ceremony if needed.
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

Rev. Toni Maddi - Gay FriendlyOfficiants in Crystal Lake, IL, USA

Rev. Toni Maddi
2452 Achilles Ln., Crystal Lake, IL, 60014, USA

Phone: 1 815 308-5428
Contact: Toni Maddi

Serving: McHenry County
Purple Unions Disc: 10%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Officiants in Chicago, IL, USA. Reverend Maddi is an ordained, non-denominational minister who will help you to create your own unique and personalized ceremony to make it touching and meaningful.
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

Rose LifeCycle Ceremonies - Gay FriendlyOfficiants in Wheeling, IL, USA

Rose LifeCycle Ceremonies
322 Forestway Lane, Wheeling, IL, 60090, USA

Phone: 1 847 215-7715
Contact: Michele Rose

Serving: Chicagoland
Purple Unions Disc: 10%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Officiants in Chicago, IL, USA. It doesn't matter who you love - love is love! I welcome the opportunity to give voice to my conviction that every relationship of love between human beings is holy, sacred, and worthy of celebration and public affirmation by providing the same memorable personalized ceremonies to all couples, who wish to make a commitment honoring their love, whether gay or straight; young or old; same or different races, cultures, religions; or practicing no religion.
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

Flow Ceremonies - Gay FriendlyOfficiants in Chicago, IL, USA

Flow Ceremonies
Chicago, IL, 60625, USA

Phone: 1 773 203-4631
Contact: Sheri Reda

Serving: Chicago area
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Officiants in Chicago, IL, USA. One-of-a-Kind customized ceremonies that reflect your relationship, your values, your vision. I officiate at weddings, life passages from birth to death, and other ceremonies throughout Chicago and the Midwest, and I'll be delighted to help you have a one-of-a-kind ceremony that reflects your personal style!
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

Reverend Denise Tracy - Gay FriendlyOfficiants in Elgin, IL, USA

Reverend Denise Tracy
535 Arlington Ave, Elgin, IL, 60120, USA

Phone: 1 847 431-8282
Contact: Denise Tracy

Serving: Greater Chicagoland
Purple Unions Disc: $20, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Officiants in Chicago, IL, USA. For your special day I will help you create a ceremony that is uniquely yours. I will help you have a day to remember, always.
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

A Perfect Fit Rev - Gay FriendlyOfficiants in Oak Forest, IL, USA

A Perfect Fit Rev
15112 Lavergne Ave, Oak Forest, IL, 60452, USA

Phone: 1 708 710-4794
Contact: Eva LaRoche

Serving: Greater Chicagoland
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Officiants in Chicago, IL, USA. It's always an honor and a great privilege to be invited to participate in such an integral way on one of the most important days of your lives by marrying you.
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

Rev. Jubi Dutcher - Transgender OwnedOfficiants in Chicago , IL, USA

Rev. Jubi Dutcher
1510 W Elmdale Ave, Chicago , IL, 60660, USA

Phone: 1 773 946-7318
Contact: Jubi Dutcher

Serving: Chicagoland Area
Purple Unions Disc: 5%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Officiants in Chicago, IL, USA. Services include unlimited ceremony planning meetings, premarital counseling if desired by the couple, wedding rehearsal, ceremony, and reception attendance if you desire it.
USA, IL, Chicago - Transgender Owned

Memorable Ceremonies - Gay OwnedOfficiants in Lemont, IL, USA

Memorable Ceremonies
721 Talcott Ave, Lemont, IL, 60439, USA

Phone: 1 630 299-9900
Contact: Victor Oswald

Serving: IL
Purple Unions Disc: 25%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Officiants in Chicago, IL, USA. Certified Celebrant and Wedding Officiant. I both officiate and design same-gender ceremonies. There are only a few occasions in life that are momentous. It will be my pleasure and honor to work with you as we create a personalized ceremony which will reflect your most sincere wishes and desires. Together we will unfurl a beautiful memory!
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Owned

Healing Seed Ministries - Gay OwnedOfficiants in Chicago, IL, USA

Healing Seed Ministries
1849 W. Lunt Ave 2B, Chicago, IL, 60626, USA

Contact: Kurt Fondriest

Serving: Chicago
Purple Unions Disc: $10, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Officiants in Chicago, IL, USA. I will say the same words for two people as for two hundred people. Holistic minister will work with you to make your day just that "your day". It is a time to celebrate marriage equality, so start by contacting me so you can move forward with your dream.
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Owned

Chicago Wedding Officiant Services, Inc. - Gay FriendlyOfficiants in Chicago, IL, USA

Chicago Wedding Officiant Services, Inc.
1435 W Greenleaf Ave, Chicago, IL, 60626, USA

Phone: 1 312 834-4211
Contact: Valerie Umans

Serving: Chicagoland
Purple Unions Disc: $25, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Officiants in Chicago, IL, USA. We take care of you & your wedding! Contact us for an instant quote. Personal & professional, yet affordable, we'll put your anxieties at ease while preparing a ceremony that you'll cherish.
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

Pastor Brandyn Simmons - Gay FriendlyOfficiants in Chicago, IL, USA

Pastor Brandyn Simmons
6047 N. Rockwell St., Chicago, IL, 60659, USA

Phone: 1 815 519-3256
Contact: Brandyn Simmons

Serving: Chicagoland, Chicago, Suburbs
Purple Unions Disc: 10%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Officiants in Chicago, IL, USA. Rev. Brandyn Simmons will work with you to craft the perfect ceremony for your needs. He is also able to offer you a venue at Christ Church of Chicago. Whether you are getting married in the church or at another venue, you are sure to be pleased!
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

Pure Love Ceremonies - Gay OwnedOfficiants in Justice, IL, USA

Pure Love Ceremonies
231 Pine Ln., Justice, IL, 60458, USA

Phone: 1 815 981-0181
Contact: Christopher Braaten

Serving: Chicagoland
Purple Unions Disc: 5%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Officiants in Chicago, IL, USA. Your wedding should be just as special and unique as you are. Together we'll create a ceremony that honors your lifetime pledge and focuses on the special bonds you share with one another. It doesn't matter who you love - love is love! It will be my pleasure and honor to work with you as we create a personalized ceremony which will reflect your most sincere wishes and desires.
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Owned

Spirit of Love - Gay FriendlyOfficiants in Elmhurst, IL, USA

Spirit of Love
208 E. Crescent Ave., Elmhurst, IL, 60126, USA

Phone: 1 630 347-7488
Contact: Reverend Janet

Serving: Chicagoland
Purple Unions Disc: $25, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Officiants in Chicago, IL, USA. Caring, experienced, ordained minister with over 10 years experience would be honored to officiate your civil union. Whether you are planning a big gala affair or an intimate gathering of family and friends, I will custom design a ceremony that is perfect for you. Whether you choose to have a civil, spiritual or faith-based ceremony, it will be beautiful and memorable! Sensible pricing.
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

Jeffrey Sumber - Gay FriendlyOfficiants in Chicago, IL, USA

Jeffrey Sumber
5412 N Clark St., Ste 207, Chicago, IL, 60640, USA

Phone: 1 312 636-7699
Contact: Jeffrey Sumber

Serving: Chicagoland
Purple Unions Disc: $25, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Officiants in Chicago, IL, USA. I believe in customizing each engagement, marital or commitment ceremony in a way that honors your individuality as a couple. We work together to formulate a meaningful service that steps beyond traditional religion without losing the importance, sanctity and beauty of the moment at hand. Whether the two of you seek a more "spiritual" ceremony or simply want a service that reflects your unique approach to Life, let's celebrate your loving relationship!
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

Rev. Kirk Moore - Gay FriendlyOfficiants in Wheaton, IL, USA

Rev. Kirk Moore
1171 Ryson Ct., Wheaton, IL, 60189, USA

Phone: 1 630 204-1436
Contact: Kirk Moore

Serving: Chicago, suburbs
Purple Unions Disc: 20%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Officiants in Wheaton, IL, USA. I've been a wedding celebrant and practicing pastor for more than 15 years. I'd love to help you celebrate
USA, IL, Wheaton - Gay Friendly

Sureshot Productions - Gay FriendlyPhotography / Videography in Mount Prospect, IL, USA

Sureshot Productions
1765 E. Cree Lane, Mount Prospect, IL, 60056, USA

Phone: 1 847 298-5875
Fax: 1 847 824-6368
Contact: Steve Goodman

Serving: Cook County
Purple Unions Disc: $25, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Photography / Videography in Chicago, IL, USA. We specialize in high-quality affordable HD wedding videography delivered on Blu Ray Disc and DVD.
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

Real Life Weddings - Gay FriendlyPhotography / Videography in Chicago, IL, USA

Real Life Weddings
4330 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL, 60618, USA

Phone: 1 773 509-9393
Contact: Steven Gross

Serving: Earth
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Photography / Videography in Chicago, IL, USA. Putting 20 plus years of experience to work with black and white film and digital color photography. Our work is about celebrating the most important moments in life. From the happy couple to the new baby, we capture the second, the day and the full range of emotions. We become an integral part of your event so that you can relax and focus on your own experience of it.
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

Lovely Day Photoworks - Gay FriendlyPhotography / Videography in Aurora, IL, USA

Lovely Day Photoworks
2089 Sunrise Cir, Aurora, IL, 60503, USA

Phone: 1 630 216-0618
Fax: 1 630 618-6729
Contact: Welden

Serving: Cook County
Purple Unions Disc: 5%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Photography / Videography in Chicago, IL, USA. If you're looking for an exciting way to make your special celebration spectacular you've come to the right place. Lovely Day Photo Works will bring its full service photo booths to your event, and you and your guests will enjoy hours and hours of good times. Just smile for the camera and moments later your photo strips or photo grids will be ready to enjoy!
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

Loftus Photography - Gay FriendlyPhotography / Videography in Lombard, IL, USA

Loftus Photography
11 Lincoln Ct, Lombard, IL, 60148, USA

Phone: 1 630 613-9607
Toll Free: 1 866 LOFTUS-6
Contact: Dawnelle Loftus

Serving: Chicagoland area
Purple Unions Disc: 5%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Photography / Videography in Chicago, IL, USA. Let us capture the beauty of your special day. From the first moment to the last, we will help tell your beautiful story!
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

West Photography - Gay FriendlyPhotography / Videography in Mattoon, IL, USA

West Photography
3108 Walnut Ave., Mattoon, IL, 61938, USA

Phone: 1 217 313-0460
Contact: Nathaniel West

Serving: Illinois
Purple Unions Disc: 10%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS, Excludes other discount offers

Gay Wedding Photography / Videography in Mattoon, IL, USA. Nathaniel and Lisa West have more than two decades of combined experience as wedding photojournalists, and they love to capture once-in-a-lifetime moments to tell the story of your wedding experience through pictures, emphasizing candid photos and artistic portraits of the couple but not overlooking the more "traditional" group and family photos.
USA, IL, Mattoon - Gay Friendly

Solko Photography and Video - Gay FriendlyPhotography / Videography in Rockford, IL, USA

Solko Photography and Video
5178 Oak Hill Road, Rockford, IL, 61109, USA

Phone: 1 815 742-1941
Contact: Bruce Solko

Serving: Chicago, Rockford, Antioch
Purple Unions Disc:

Gay Wedding Photography / Videography in Rockford, IL, USA. Our goal is to convey your special day in a fashion that produces a still or moving storybook of your wedding beyond expectations and will become an instant heirloom piece in your family for generations to enjoy.
USA, IL, Rockford - Gay Friendly

Frank Event Design - Gay OwnedPlanners in Chicago, IL, USA

Frank Event Design
5555 N. Sheridan Rd, Arcade Lvl, Chicago, IL, 60640, USA

Phone: 1 773 275-6804
Fax: 1 773 275-6904
Contact: Frank J. Andonoplas

Serving: Greater Chicagoland Area
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Planners in Chicago, IL, USA. Full service wedding planner. Full line of invitations, including same sex. One of 42 Master Bridal Consultants worldwide. Attention to detial and personalized service are what I pride myself in for the past 16 years of planning weddings and events.
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Owned

Schaul's Signature Cuisine & Events - Gay FriendlyPlanners in Elk Grove Village, IL, USA

Schaul's Signature Cuisine & Events
520 S. Lively Blvd, Elk Grove Village, IL, 60007, USA

Phone: 1 847 647-9304
Toll Free: 1 800 562-5660
Fax: 1 847 647-6406
Contact: Robert Schaul

Serving: Chicagoland Area
Purple Unions Disc: 5%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Planners in Chicago, IL, USA. Full service catering and event company, casual and formal affairs, one stop shop
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

Greatest Expectations Special Events & Weddings, Inc - Lesbian OwnedPlanners in Chicago, IL, USA

Greatest Expectations Special Events & Weddings, Inc
1229 N. Northbranch, Chicago, IL, 60642, USA

Phone: 1 312 994-2321
Fax: 1 312 276-8458
Contact: Heather Lynne Vickery

Serving: National
Purple Unions Disc: 5%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Planners in Chicago, IL, USA. 15 years. Hundreds of "I do's." A lifetime of memories. Greatest Expectations Special Events & Weddings, Inc. has designed and planned every kind of occasion, from down-home to upscale, intimate to expansive. As one of Chicago's premiere boutique event planning and design firms, we share our experience and our passion so you can enjoy planning the day of your dreams.
USA, IL, Chicago - Lesbian Owned

Effortless Events - Gay FriendlyPlanners in Naperville, IL , USA

Effortless Events
2117 Camellia Ct., Naperville, IL , 60565, USA

Phone: 1 630 416-5056
Fax: 1 630 416-8557
Contact: Cindy Shanholtz

Serving: Chicagoland Area
Purple Unions Disc: 5%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Planners in Chicago, IL, USA. Recognized by the Association of Bridal Consultants, the International Special Events Society, and certified by the Gay Wedding Institute, owner Cindy Shanholtz has planned over 330 unforgettable weddings, and coordinated several commitment ceremonies prior to the legalization of gay marriage in Illinois. Through years of experience, Cindy is able to assemble the perfect team of LGBT friendly vendors for each couple. Let us make your event effortless!
USA, IL, Chicago - Gay Friendly

As a gay couple together since 1992, we believe that marriage and all the responsibilities and benefits that come with it should be available to committed gay and lesbian couples everywhere. So we created Purple Unions, a place where gay and lesbian couples can find gay friendly wedding vendors to help them plan their perfect wedding day.

Illinois passed a civil unions bill, which went into effect on 6/1/11. The Illinois legislature finally passed a marriage equality bill on November 5th, 2013, with an effective date of 6/2/14. The state chose not to scrap its civil unions law, so both are currently in effect, and couples with a civil union who marry can back date their marriage license to their civil union date.

The state also allows adoption by gay and lesbian couples.

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Indiana, Wisconsin Marriage Equality Hearing Tomorrow

Aug 25th, 2014

Two more states, Indiana and Wisconsin, will go before an appeals court this next week. WLFI reports:

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in the Indiana gay marriage case in a Chicago courtroom Tuesday morning beginning at 10:30 Lafayette time. There will be 20 minutes set aside for attorneys for same sex couples and another 20 minutes... read_more

Chicago Gayborhood Still Going Strong

Aug 7th, 2014

While new research shows Boystown is becoming a more fragmented LGBT community, Lakeview officials say the "gayborhood" is most certainly here to stay. The analysis is detailed in "There Goes the Gayborhood?" written by suburban Chicago native Amin Ghaziani, now an associate professor of sociology at the University of British Columbia. It looks at things like census data, public opinion... read_more

Did Hobby Lobby Discriminate Against This Transgender Woman?

Jul 9th, 2014

And will the US Supreme Court let them use religion to get away with it? The Advocate reports:

...one employee of the craft-store chain says she's regularly experienced antitrans prejudice for the past three years. Meggan Sommerville, a transgender frame shop manager who has worked at Hobby Lobby's Aurora, Ill., location for 16 years, first filed a complaint against the... read_more

Old Illinois Law Blocks Some Same Sex Couples From Marrying

Jul 9th, 2014

An old law on the books in Illinois is stopping some out of state couples from getting married in the state. LGBTQ Nation reports:

A provision in Illinois' marriage law is resulting in disappointment for many same-sex couples in neighboring states hoping to cross the border to obtain a marriage license. Enacted years before same-sex marriage became legal in Illinois,... read_more

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Music By Design, Chicago, Illinois

Jun 22nd, 2014

Periodically we'll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Entertainment in Chicago, IL, USA. Music By Design is Chicago Gay Wedding DJ dedicated to providing outstanding customer service. By establishing clear lines of communication, we constantly evolve our techniques based on your specific... read_more

Illinois Marriage Equality a Reality Statewide

Jun 1st, 2014

As of this morning, Illinois marriage equality is now the law statewide, although county clerk offices won't open until tomorrow to hand out licenses. The Washington Blade reports:

A law allowing same-sex couples to marry in Illinois took effect throughout the state on Sunday. The Windy City Times reported a number of public events are scheduled to take place in... read_more

Gay Travel: Jennifer Hudson is Excited About Her Chicago Pride Performance

May 29th, 2014

Jennifer Hudson says she's "excited" to headline Chicago Pride Fest, the Windy City's annual 2-day street festival which takes place the weekend before the city's annual Pride Parade in June. The 32-year-old Hudson discussed her Saturday, June 21 performance with ChicagoPride.com. When asked, "How would you describe what your LGBT fans mean to you?" Hudson replied: "Oh, my God! I would have... read_more

Illinois Marriage Equality Coming on June 1st

May 27th, 2014

Illinois Marriage equality will come to the whole state on June 1st, the day the new law finally goes into effect. Joe.My.God reports:

Same-sex couples have been able to marry in more than a dozen Illinois counties following a February ruling that initially applied only to Cook County. The rest of the state's counties will follow at the end of... read_more

USA, Illinois: Cook County Issues Almost 600 Marriage Licenses to Same Sex Couples

Mar 22nd, 2014

Couples have been quick to take advantage of the chance to marry early in Chicago. Edge Boston reports:

The Cook County clerk's office says it has issued 575 marriage licenses to same-sex couple in the month since it was allowed by a court ruling. Cook County Clerk David Orr said Friday that the couples have come from 17 states besides... read_more

USA, Illinois: And Grundy County Makes Seven

Mar 6th, 2014

Yet another Illinois county has already issued a marriage license to a same sex couple. The Morris Daily Herald reports:

Grundy County joined a handful of counties in Illinois allowing same-sex marriages before the law becomes official June 1. Last Thursday, the Grundy County Clerk and recorder's office issued the county's first same-sex marriage license to a couple who were... read_more

USA, Illinois: Tw More Counties Jump on the Marriage Equality Bandwagon

Mar 6th, 2014

An update on Illinois and the early arrival of marriage equality. LGBTQ Nation reports: Two more counties say they will start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples before the state's new marriage equality law takes effect on June 1. St. Clair County Clerk Tom Holbrook and Cass County Clerk Michael Kirchner say they will start accepting applications immediately. That's after... read_more

USA, Illinois: Will Counties Follow Governor, Attorney General's Lead on Marriage Equality?

Mar 6th, 2014

Both Governor Quinn and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan have endorsed the Cook County ruling moving up the date for marriage equality in Illinois to now from June 1st. But will other counties follow suit? LGBTQ Nation reports:

County clerks around Illinois say they won't start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples immediately as Attorney General Lisa Madigan said... read_more

USA, Illinois: Attorney General Says All Counties Can Issue Marriage Licenses to Same Sex Couples NOW

Mar 4th, 2014

Big news coming out of Illinois today - the courthouse doors have been thrown open for marriage equality across the state. LGBTQ Nation reports:

Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Tuesday told an Illinois county clerk that he and others around the state have the right to immediately issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Madigan issued the guidance in response to... read_more

USA, Illinois: Third County to Start Issuing Marriage Licenses to Same Sex Couples

Feb 28th, 2014

Following the lead of Champaign and Cook counties, a third Illinois county plans to start issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. LGBTQ Nation reports: McLean County, Ill., Clerk Kathy Michael says she hopes to be issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples by the middle of next week, months ahead of the June 1 date when Illinois' marriage equality... read_more

USA, Illinois: Second County to Issue Marriage Licenses Immediately to Same Sex Couples

Feb 26th, 2014

Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten said his county will follow Cook County's lead after a judge there opened marriage up to same sex couples early. Capitol Fax reports:

"On Friday, federal judge Sharon Johnson Coleman held that the Illinois statute banning marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional and violates the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause. The Illinois Attorney General and... read_more

USA, Illinois: Equality Illinois Presses for Immediate Statewide Implementation

Feb 24th, 2014

Equality Illinois is urging clerks across Illinois to begin issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples immediately, following last week's ruling in Cook County. Go Pride reports:

"The federal court's ruling responded to a lawsuit filed in Cook County and applies initially only to the Cook Couty Clerk's office, but clerks in the other 101 counties can take official notice... read_more

USA, Illinois: Cook County Same Sex Couples Can Marry Today, Court Says

Feb 21st, 2014

A federal court in Chicago just opened the door for Cook County same sex couples to marry, four months early. Lambda Legal reports:

We've had a lot to celebrate recently all around the country, and now we have another victory in Illinois! A federal court today ruled, in a case brought by Lambda Legal and the ACLU, that barring same-sex couples from... read_more

USA, Indiana: Is the Gay Marriage Ban Dead?

Jan 28th, 2014

A bipartisan group in the Indiana House of Representatives voted yesterday to strip out the "second sentence" of the proposed amendment that would have also banned civil unions. Queerty reports:

Despite the best efforts of Republicans to maneuver it through the Indiana legislature, a state constitutional amendment that would ban marriage equality looks like it won't make it onto the... read_more

USA, Illinois: State GOP Senator Introduces Bill to Repeal Marriage Equality Law

Jan 22nd, 2014

Illinois Senator Kyle McCarter has introduced a bill to overturn the recently-passed marriage equality law. On Top Magazine reports:

Illinois currently recognizes gay couples with civil unions. However, a gay marriage bill signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn in November takes effect on June 1. McCarter's bill is titled Marriage Fairness Act - Repeal. Last year, McCarter lamented the... read_more

Illinois, USA: Catholic Archbishop Says Marriage Equality "Violates Natural Law"

Jan 1st, 2013

The Catholic Archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal Francis George, has warned against introducing marriage equality in the state of Illinois because he claims gay couples cannot consummate their unions. Over the weekend, President Obama encouraged politicians in his home state to change the law as part of a move by State Representative Greg Harris and Senator Heather Steans, both Democrats, from Mr... read_more

Civil Unions at One Year in Illinois

May 31st, 2012

A year after the state's civil union law went into effect, Madison County Clerk Mark Von Nida has issued 145 licenses, and the ceremonies have become a routine event. A statewide group, Equality Illinois, still is compiling statistics and plans to publish them today. They have asked each of the counties in the state for information and still were in the... read_more

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