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January 20, 2013

At ChicagoPride.com, Sunday means that it's time to look back at the week in gay news - in and out of Chicago - as covered by the GoPride.com News Staff. The top local and national stories of interest as ranked by popularity on the network.

At ChicagoPride.com, Sunday means that it's time to look back at the week in gay news - in and out of Chicago - as covered by the GoPride.com News Staff. The top local and national stories of interest as ranked by popularity on the network.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is confident Illinois will become the 10th state to legalize gay marriage.

Fifty Illinois businesses and executives publicly came out in support of marriage equality Sunday, citing fairness, economic boost and a need to keep Illinois competitive.

Maryland Delegate Don Dwyer has blamed a drinking problem on passage of a gay marriage law in the House of Delegates.

Cocktail, a once popular gay bar in Chicago's Boystown neighborhood at the southeast corner of Roscoe and Halsted, has received an apparent death blow as the owner and landlord of the building, 3357-59 N. Halsted Street, LLC, today seized all property on the premises. With the seizure of the assets, presumably fixtures, equipment and inventory, the club will not be able to operate.

The bishop of the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church has joined other business and church leaders in a show of support for the Illinois Marriage Equality Bill, which would allow same-sex couples to marry in Illinois.

Nine members of the Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles, Chicago's premier band for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, will perform for President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joseph Biden during the Presidential Inaugural Parade on Monday, Jan. 21.

Jodie Foster, who has long kept her private life guarded, thanked her lesbian ex-partner at the Golden Globe Awards that aired Jan. 13 on NBC.

Michael Snell and Derrick Sorles of Best Gay Cities and BestGayChicago.com are excited to announce the return of "Out in the Park" at Six Flags Great America on Saturday, Sept. 14. Last September's event drew 3,600 LGBTQ folks and their allies to the amusement park in Gurnee, IL. for a special after-hours event that raised nearly $12,000 for the the Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN), a Chicago-area HIV/AIDS organization.

Iowa House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer on Monday would not rule out another attempt at passing a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples.

Chicago Police will launch a new initiative this weekend that will put more officers on the streets throughout Lakeview, including Wrigleyville and Boystown.

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