April 4, 2008
No Action Taken on Illinois Civil Union Bill
And it doesn't seem likely that a vote will occur soon, according to 365gay.com.
Interestingly, the Illinois General Assembly website has not been updated to reflect any new status on the bill.
April 1, 2008
Symbolic Same Sex Marriage Ceremonies in State College, PA
The Mayor of State College, Pennsylvania (Mayor Bill Welch), performed marriage ceremonies for four gay couples last week. Although Pennsylvania law does not permit same sex marriages or civil unions, the Mayor made a symbolic statement in support of same sex marriage by presiding over the commitment ceremonies. See Philly.com Article from March 30, 2008.
This type of public support for same sex marriage is welcomed at a time when the fight for gay marriage in the courts continues to press on. For instance, gay rights supporters across the nation anxiously await the decision from the California Supreme Court (due by June) regarding whether it is constitutional to deny same sex couples marriage rights and, instead, provide them equivalent benefits as registered domestic partners.