The Illinois Senate will vote Thursday — Valentine's Day — on whether to legalize same-sex marriage.
Because Democrats have supermajority control of the General Assembly, the measure is expected to be approved. After the Senate vote, the measure would be considered by the House.
Lesbian and gay couples in Decatur, Ga., will request—and be denied—marriage licenses, in a public demonstration to highlight the harms of discriminatory state laws and to call for full equality under federal law.
Theresa Volpe and Mercedes Santos' 8-year-old daughter, Ava, has learned about the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s in school.
So her school friends understand when she tells them her two moms are fighting for their civil rights to marry -- it's just hard to explain it to grown-ups sometimes, Volpe and Santos say.