Archive for August, 2010

Equality Illinois Endorses Quinn for Governor

August 8, 2010

The Windy City Times reported that the Political Action Committee of Equality Illinois has endorsed Pat Quinn for re-election as governor. Equality Illinois is the state’s leading LGBT advocacy organization. The group announced its endorsement when Quinn appeared at Northalsted Market Days, a street festival in Chicago.

The Windy City Times reports that Quinn reiterated his commitment to signing a civil unions bill into law and said he believes that the bill can be passed this year. The endorsement can not have been a difficult decision. Quinn’s opponent, State Sen. Bill Brady, has stated his opposition to LGBT rights in general and has advocated amending the state’s constitution to restrict marriage to opposite-sex couples.

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After the Ruling, What’s Next?

August 5, 2010

So what does yesterday’s ruling really mean in the big picture? Honestly, it doesn’t even guarantee anything to California same-sex couples much less those of us in Illinois or other states. Evan Wolfson today offered the best vision of a path forward that I’ve read anywhere. Check it out.

Religious Voices Celebrate Prop 8 Ruling

August 5, 2010

Yesterday’s ruling that overturned California’s ban on same-sex marriage has left many religious conservatives shocked and angry. If you want to hear what they say, you won’t have to look far.

Meanwhile, gay-affirming religious leaders have been celebrating. Here are a few examples:

Proposition 8 Overturned!

August 4, 2010

All eyes are on California today in the wake of a federal judge’s ruling against the state constitutional amendment approved by California voters two year ago that took away the right to marry the state’s same-sex couples. The forcefully worded ruling is a great cause for victory, but couples in the state can’t get married yet. The issue is likely headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, where the ruling is uncertain.

What this will mean for Californians, much less those of us in other states, is far from clear. But it is clear that now is not the time to wait for the Supreme Court to take care of things. We must continue our struggle both for the passage of a civil unions bill in Illinois and the ongoing work of changing hearts and minds.

New Book Guides Clergy in Supporting Couples

August 3, 2010

The Pilgrim Press, the publishing house of United Church of Christ, recently released All Whom God Has Joined, a guide book for clergy both for leading same-sex weddings or blessing ceremonies, as well as how to provide spiritual support to same sex couples. The authors, Leanne McCall Tigert and Maren C. Tirabassi, are both UCC clergy. I haven’t had a chance to read this book myself, but it certainly sounds like it could be helpful to religious leaders well beyond the UCC.