Archive for August, 2010

No H8 Campaign Comes to Chicago

August 31, 2010

The No H8 Campaign, which arose in protest of California’s proposition 8, is coming to Chicago. Show your support for marriage equality by having your photo taken on October 11, which also happens to be National Coming Out Day. All photos will be posted to the campaign’s web site. The photo shoot will be at the W Hotel, 172 W. Adams St., from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Organizers ask that you wear white and make a contribution to their campaign in order to be photographed.

Community Forum Rescheduled

August 25, 2010

The upcoming community forum co-hosted by Human Rights Campaign and Equality Illinois has been rescheduled to Sept. 27. The event will feature updates on the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, as well as other issues affecting LGBT people. The event, to be held at the Center on Halsted, 3556 N. Halsted St., at 6:30 p.m., will feature Rep. Mike Quigley.

Pride Fest Inspires Pride Sermon

August 24, 2010

Rev. Leah Robberts-Mosser, minister of the Community United Church of Christ in Champaign, preached a sermon with a message of welcome and inclusion on the occasion of Champaign-Urbana PrideFest, this weekend. The sermon is on Youtube in two parts:

Pollsters say support in Illinois is Growing

August 22, 2010

The New York Times features an analysis by polling experts of the growing support nationally for same-sex marriage. This map and this chart show a state-by-state breakdown. According to a statistical technique, they estimate that about 48% of Illinoisans support same-sex marriage. This figure is not based on new Illinois polling data, but rather on an estimate derived from national poll results and demographic data. In all they estimate that marriage equality has achieved majority support in at least 17 states.

This estimate of support in Illinois far exceeds a report that came out of the Paul Simon Institute at Southern Illinois University last fall. That poll found that 29% of Illinoisans support same-sex marriage. However, that poll also allowed respondents to choose between marriage and civil unions. When combining support for marriage and support for civil unions, a majority of Illinoisans surveyed at that time supported recognition for same-sex couples.

Scholar Makes Historical, Biblical Case

August 18, 2010

Rita Nakashima Brock, a protestant theologian, puts forth an excellent argument in favor of same-sex marriage equality in light of the ongoing legal controversy over Proposition 8 in California. Brock is a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the founder of Faith Voices for the Common Good.

Public Opinion Could Influence Judges

August 16, 2010

Over the weekend, I posted links to the news about encouraging trends in both local and national polls in regards to recognition of same-sex couples.

A Harvard law professor wrote in the Los Angeles Times that Supreme Court justices could be swayed by these trends, especially if they want to be looked back on well by future generations. The opinions of the sitting justices on this issue is a matter of great intrigue, given that most observers expect that the issue is likely to head to the Supreme Court.

Chicago Area Poll: Voters Support Civil Unions

August 15, 2010

According to a poll just released by the Chicago Tribune and WGN, a majority of those surveyed (54%) support legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples in Illinois. However, only 42% expressed support for marriage equality. The poll did not question respondents about their religious affiliation.

Read the story here. Check out the informational graphics here. Watch the WGN report here.

Public Acceptance May Be Accelerating

August 13, 2010


Nate Silver, noted blogger and number cruncher famed for predicting Obama’s presidential victory in 2008, has been analyzing public opinion poll data. Because of considerable variation in poll data amongst pollsters, it’s hard to say with certainty where American opinion on same-sex marriage lies. Some polls show support for marriage equality remains a minority view, while at least one poll this week showed majority support for the first time.

Nonetheless, Silver says evidence suggests that acceptance seems to have grown even since the last year. Read here and here.

Interestingly, even one of America’s most famous right-wing loudmouths came out at least indifferent, if not in favor of marriage equality. Not that I care at all about what Glen Beck has to say, but his comments this week must indicate that something is changing. It wasn’t long ago that lgbt people were one of the favorite punching bags of all right-wing commentators. They seem to have moved on to immigrants and “socialists.”

Marriage Equality Week in Review

August 13, 2010

Celebrations of marriage equality in Mexico City

There were several newsworthy items regarding the freedom to marry this week:

Ask Congress to Repeal DOMA… It’s Easy

August 13, 2010

Please tell your members of Congress to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. Passed in 1996, this law prohibits the federal government from recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples. A federal judge in Massachusetts recently declared the law unconstitutional.

Standing on the Side of Love, a campaign of the Unitarian Universalist Association, has set up an easy online form to help you speak out. 

(You don’t have to be a Unitarian Universalist!)