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March 24, 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.

The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, which, if passed, would make Illinois the 10th state in the union allowing its gay and lesbian citizens to marry, is not anticipated to see action until early April.

The Northalsted Business Alliance (NHBA), organizers of Chicago's Pride Fest, have received approval from the City of Chicago to move the two-day street festival to Sat., June 22 and Sun., June 23, the weekend before the annual Pride Parade.

SPACE, a music venue in Evanston, has canceled folk singer Michelle Shocked's May 5 performance after a San Francisco audience was stunned by her anti-gay rant on March 16.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has joined the Human Rights Campaign's Americans for Marriage Equality series, a public engagement campaign featuring prominent Americans who support committed gay and lesbian couples getting married.

Madonna took the stage at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday in New York City to present the Vito Russo Award to advocate, award-winning journalist, author and talk show host Anderson Cooper.

Members of the Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus (CBGMC) traveled to Springfield Wednesday to lobby support for The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, especially among black lawmakers who have been targeted by anti-gay activists and church leaders.

On Mon., March 25th, gay rights activists and supporters of marriage equality are taking to the streets for rallies in over 160 cities in all 50 states, including Chicago, where the rally will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Federal Plaza and is sponsored by the Gay Liberation Network (GLN) and The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA).

A second public opinion survey released this month confirms rising acceptance of same-sex marriage nationwide.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which represents over 60,000 pediatricians, issued a policy statement Thursday in support of same-sex marriage equality as well as full adoption and foster care rights for all parents, regardless of sexual orientation.

Ahead of Supreme Court hearings, CNN has created an "LGBT rights calculator" to help shed light on the difference in legal protections among the 50 states.

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