Archive for November, 2010

How Did Your Rep Vote?

November 30, 2010

Full vote roll call list linked here.

The Senate is expected to vote Wednesday.

Lutheran Pastor Voices Support

November 30, 2010

Rev. Suzanne Anderson-Hurdle, pastor of Good Shepherd Church in Romeoville, spoke eloquently at today’s clergy press conference in favor of the bill. The presence of supportive clergy surely helped to get this bill through the House of Representatives, so thanks to Rev. Anderson-Hurdle and all other clergy who have helped with this struggle!

We’re a Step Closer to Making History

November 30, 2010

The bill still awaits action from the Senate and the signature from governor, but things are looking good. If passed, the bill will go into effect next year.

Here is a video of Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, ending comment on the bill today:

 

Civil Unions Bill Passes the House!!

November 30, 2010

The bill has been approved in the House of Representatives. Now it is on to the state Senate!

Religious Leaders Hold Press Conference

November 30, 2010

Read about the religious leaders press conference here.

Other updates here.

Audio and video streaming available here.

The bill is still awaiting a vote.

Protestant Advocacy Group Endorses Civil Unions

November 30, 2010

Protestants for the Common Good, an Illinois advocacy organization, has endorsed House Bill 2234, the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act. The bill, which is expected to be brought up for a vote in the state legislature today, would grant recognition and rights similar to those or marriage. The bill would not require churches or other religious bodies to perform ceremonies for same-sex couples or recognize the relationships of same-sex couples.

Faith leaders from across the state have endorsed the bill. See a full list here.

Call your state representative and senator TODAY (preferably this morning!) to express your support for the bill or send them an e-mail using this easy form.

Join the Final Push!

November 29, 2010

With the civil unions bill likely coming up for a floor vote on Tuesday, NOW is the time to call your state representative and senator to let them know that you support this step forward for same-sex couples. Search for your representatives by entering you ZIP code.

While a phone call is the best way to be heard, e-mail works too and several organizations have set up easy web sites for the issue. Check out the Human Rights Campaign, Equality Illinois, and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago to take last-minute action now.

One Illinois Couple Tells Their Story

November 27, 2010

A vote on the civil unions bill is coming up this week. Will Illinois begin to catch up with its neighboring states this week? Wisconsin recognizes civil unions for same-sex couples while Iowa offers full marriage equality.

As our state’s leaders prepare to decide, check out this couple’s story about how the issue affects them:

Columnists Endorse Civil Unions

November 21, 2010

Columnists Mike Lawrence and Eric Zorn have both endorsed the civil unions bill in the Chicago Tribune.

Madigan Says Civil Union Has ‘Good Chance’

November 21, 2010

Illinios House Speak Mike Madigan said that he believes that civil unions have a “good chance” of becoming law when the issues comes ot a vote at the end of this month.

Also, Sun-Times reporter Carol Marin speaks with Rep. Greg Harris and Equality Illinois policy director Rick Garcia about the bill.