Same sex marriage took effect in Illinois earlier this year, and while our state has joined the ranks of others that offer an increased amount of rights and protections to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, cities differ in laws and policies that promote equality. A report that was released a few weeks ago looked at cities from around the country - seven of which are in Illinois.
Cathryn Oakley authored the report - called the Municipal Equality Index. (You can check out Springfield's score and the breakdown here.) Oakley's with the Human Rights Campaign and joined us for this interview: