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by Ashlee Rezin
Thu Sep 5

Minneapolis Mayor To Chicago's Gay Couples: 'Our City Would Like To Marry You' (VIDEO)

With a slogan that reads “I want to marry you in Minneapolis”, the city's mayor, R.T. Rybak, unveiled a Chicagoland ad campaign on Thursday urging the city's LGBTQ couples to make the six-hour drive to the City of Lakes to get legally married.

"Chicago is my kind of town, but it's a second city in human rights. Right now, that gives a tremendous competitive advantage to Minneapolis,” said Rybak, who announced the campaign from the roof of the Center On Halsted, at 3656 N. Halsted St., a community center catered to LGBTQ Chicagoans in the heart of the Boystown neighborhood.

“The people who built this neighborhood, who have done so much incredible work in this community, you deserve equal rights,” he said. “Come to Minnesota, a place that recognizes that you already should have those rights." Read more »

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
Mon Aug 12

As Lakeview Leads Chicago Neighborhoods In Robberies, Tunney Hosts Midnight March Against Crime

In the wake of a recent string of late-night and early-morning armed robberies in Lakeview, Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) hosted a midnight march through his North Side ward Friday, in an effort to heighten awareness of the area’s crime hot spots.

"Community walks are an important and effective tool to promote safety and bring neighbors together,” Tunney said in a statement. “Community involvement is a critical component to fighting crime and Friday’s walk showed that we mean business when it comes to public safety."

Starting promptly at midnight on Friday, Tunney was joined by roughly 30 community residents and police officers for an hour-long march through the neighborhood, where two gun-wielding men have staged six robberies in the last three weeks. Read more »

PI Original
by Aricka Flowers
Wed Jun 26

SCOTUS Strikes Down DOMA, Prop 8 Is Dead: Now What?

The U.S. Supreme Court found the Defense of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional. The high court also punted on California's Prop 8, finding that the anti-marriage equality activists who put it on the ballot did not have the authority to do so. Therefore, the lower court's decision kicks in, which ruled that the state's same-sex marriage legislation is legal. We take a look at the decisions and reaction as well as what is next in the battle for marriage equality in 37 states.