elderly_couple-24195Even the harsh November cold couldn’t dull the proud colors of the rainbow flags billowing in the 7-11 parking lot of Boystown last Thursday night. Equal marriage and gay rights activists huddled together to celebrate their home state, Illinois, becoming the 15th U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage.

The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act that legalized “gay marriage” was passed by Illinois legislators last Tuesday, Nov. 5. The act, different from the Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act signed in 2011, permits samesex couples and their children access to the same marriage benefits as heterosexual couples. Click here to view full article.