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Posted 2 years ago in Gay and Lesbian issues Litigation by Michele Bowman  
Illinois Inches Closer to Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

While a bill legalizing gay marriage awaits enough support in the Illinois House of Representatives, the Cook County clerk is not defending against a lawsuit brought against the county by gay couples who say its refusal to recognize same-sex marriage is a violation of the state constitution.   Golden Silence David Orr, with his reported silence in the suit and his outspoken support of gay marriage, agrees with the couples, who are represented by Lambda Legal. But now that county …

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Why the Supreme Court Will Rule in Favor of Gay Marriage

By Larry Bodine, Editor in Chief, Lawyers.com Editorial We are on the threshold of a historic decision on individual rights by the Supreme Court of the United States as it considers two cases involving same-sex marriage. The cases about “who you love” could change the laws in 41 states and more than 1,000 federal statutes. Regardless of what is said in the oral arguments, a reading of the merits briefs makes it clear that the Court will have to rule …

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LGBT Marriage Bills Coming in Illinois, Rhode Island

Lawmakers in Illinois and Rhode Island are set to consider same-sex marriage bills early this year, which could make them the 10th and 11th states to bring marriage equality to their residents. Illinois fell just short of introducing a marriage equality bill last week before the end of the last legislative session, but lawmakers plan to put a bill forward after the new session starts January 9.  Rhode Island introduced legislation for LGBT marriage last week, which if passed would …

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Read the Latest Issue of ‘Your Family & The Law’ Newsletter

Cohabitation Agreements Protect Relationships More and more couples are living together without being married. For those who do, a cohabitation agreement may be appropriate. This private contract between long-term cohabitants establishes the rights and obligations that married people obtain by law, custom and agreement. Find Out More…   Don’t Spy on Your Cheating Spouse Unexplained absences, furtive phone calls, mysterious credit card charges — these just some of the clues that a spouse may be having an affair. A plethora …

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Cohabitation Agreements Protect Relationships

More and more couples are living together without being married. There was a 13 percent increase in such arrangements between 2009 and 2010 alone. At the same time, only 51 percent of all adults are getting married. This is a record low.   Reasons to Cohabitate Couples choose to cohabitate instead of marry for many reasons. A reported 60 percent of married couples live together before marriage. Many couples live together because same-sex marriage is not recognized in their home …

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