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IRCFM Is Disbanding

January 6, 2011

The Illinois Religious Coalition is disbanding. The coalition was started by a group of volunteers at the Second Unitarian Church of Chicago in the early 2000s. Under the leadership of Rev. Rudra Dundzila and then me, Gregory Potts. One of our proudest accomplishment was to work in partnership with Equality Illinois to gather signatures for a petition from faith leaders that I believe was instrumental in the passage of civil union legislation here last month.

There are two major reasons for disbanding. First, the coalition’s primary goal for most of its existence has been the passage of a civil unions bill in our state. That has been achieved! Of course true marriage equality is the ultimate goal, but I do believe it will be at least a year before we see any serious push toward marriage equality legislation in Illinois. So now seems like a good time to re-group and consider new strategies for moving ahead.
Second, things have changed in the past eight years. Many more religious leaders are speaking out today than they were at that time. In addition, LGBT rights organizations are working much more intentionally to organize and support people of faith.
Most notably, Equality Illinois, the state’s largest LGBT advocacy organization, recently started a Religious Outreach Committee. Both Katherine Wolf, a fellow IRCFTM volunteer, and I are serving on that committee. In addition, a new grassroots organization called LGBT Change recently launched an initiative they call The Faith Project. Both of these efforts show great promise and I encourage readers of this blog to support both of these organizations with money and efforts as we move from our civil unions victory into the next phase of our work toward LGBT liberation.
I may still post occasional updates on this blog for a while, but this will be the only vestige of the Illinois Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry.
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2010 Year in Review Stats at This Blog

January 2, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

 

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 137 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 90 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 11mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was December 1st with 68 views. The most popular post that day was How Did Your Rep Vote? .

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, slashingtongue.com, mail.yahoo.com, alphainventions.com, and healthfitnesstherapy.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for sb 1716 clergy support, illinois proposition 8, illinois election results, equality illinois, and illinois religious coalition for freedom to marry.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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How Did Your Rep Vote? November 2010
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Poll: Americans Grow More Open to Equality May 2010

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About the Illinois Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry March 2010

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HRC Supports Theologians Studying LGBT Issues June 2010
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Illinois LGBT Community Celebrates Pride June 2010

Come to Marriage Presentation and Discussion

June 28, 2010

Come to a special presentation on the movement toward same-sex equality in Illinois at noon on Sunday, August 1 at Second Unitarian Church of Chicago, 656 W. Barry Ave. Get the latest information on efforts to pass a civil unions bill this year, as well as the longer-term strategy of moving toward achieving marriage equality both here in Illinois as well as nationally. Gregory Potts will also be leading a conversation about the next steps forward for the Illinois Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry. We are seeking the input of all stakeholders in this issue. Snacks will be provided.

We Have a Logo

June 5, 2010

Thanks goes to Matt Simpson, who generously offered his services for free. Thanks, Matt!

We’re Tweeting Now!

May 23, 2010

The Illinois Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry is now on Twitter. Follow us at IlFreetoMarry.

Join Our Facebook Group!

April 10, 2010

Did you know the Illinois Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry has a Facebook group? Please join!