Northern Star

Same-sex couples can live together on campus

Matt Liparota

August 30, 2011

Because residence hall rooms are gender-specific and because students can choose their own rooms, it is possible for a same-sex couple to live together in the residence halls. “We allow any two students of the same gender to live together,” said Michael Stang, director of Housing & Dining. Because t...

Small step for LGBT rights

Small step for LGBT rights

Drew Veskauf

August 30, 2011

Gay couples in Illinois can join together in civil unions since June 1, but to some members of the NIU community, this step forward for gay rights is a small one. The Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act, passed in January and effective in June, guarantees couples in civil unions the sa...

Civil unions no issue for local renters

Megan Healy

August 30, 2011

Gay renters or property owners are protected from discrimination under Illinois State law as of June, but DeKalb municipal code has included this protection since December 2003. Donald Henderson, director of Student Legal Assistance, said there have not been many cases in which gay-specific discrimination h...