Same-Sex Marriage: Recommended Reads
From the Closet to the Altar: Courts, Backlash and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage
By Michael J. Klarman
God Believes in Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage
By Gene Robinson
Here Come the Brides! Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage
By Audrey Bilger
A Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples
By Denis Clifford, Frederick Hertz and Emily Doskow
Making It Legal: A Guide to Same-Sex Marriage, Domestic Partnership and Civil Unions
By Frederick C. Hertz with Emily Doskow
Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution
By Linda R. Hirshman
Civil Union Licenses
Applying for a civil union license in Chicago or suburban Cook County? Learn more from Cook County Clerk David Orr.
Defining Marriage: Defense of Marriage Acts and Same-Sex Marriage Laws
(NCSL: National Conference of State Legislatures)
NCSL is a bipartisan organization that provides research and technical assistance for the legislators and staffs of the nation’s 50 states, commonwealths and territories.
Filings in the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 cases
Transcripts of oral arguments: Hollingsworth v. Perry
Transcripts of oral arguments: United States v. Windsor
(Supreme Court of the United States)
Read more about these landmark Supreme Court cases.
Illinois General Assembly, Senate Bill 10 (“Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act”)
On Valentine’s Day, the Illinois Senate voted for marriage equality by passing Senate Bill 10, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. The bill awaits a vote in the Illinois House of Representatives.
Marriage at the Supreme Court
Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
Marriage for Same-Sex Couples
(American Civil Liberties Union)
The ACLU is fighting, in Congress, state legislatures and the courts, to ensure that the freedom to marry is made available to loving couples in same-sex relationships across the country.
Top 10 Things You Should Know About DOMA and the U.S. Supreme Court
(GLAD: Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders)
Founded in 1978, GLAD is New England’s leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression.