Archive for the ‘Springfield’ Category

The Big Moment

December 1, 2010

Check out the moment the moment when the state House of Representatives passed the civil unions bill yesterday. And savor it.

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:


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.

Rep. Mell Announces Same-Sex Wedding Bells

April 30, 2010

Rep. Deborah Mell

Rep. Deborah Mell, D-Chicago, has announced her plans to marry her same-sex partner Christin Baker, in Iowa. Full coverage here and here. In 2008, Mell became the first openly lesbian candidate ever elected to the state legislature. She and Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, are the only two out LGBT members of the Illinois General Assembly. Mell was arrested in 2004 while protesting her inability to get a marriage license from the Cook County clerk’s office.

Congratulations to the couple! We wish them all the best.

Watch her announcement at the Illinois House of Representatives in which she speaks about the need for equality in Illinois:

Call Your State Legislators

April 26, 2010

Please contact your state legislators to let them know that you support equal rights for same-sex couples, as proposed in House Bill 178 and Senate Bill 2468. Also, let them know if you belong to a church, synagogue or other religious community.

If you do not know the names of your state representative and state senator, they are easy to look up by address or 9-digit ZIP code at the Illinois Board of Elections web site or call 217-782-4141. The board of elections site also gives a mailing address, phone number, and fax number for your legislators.

If you contact your legislator, let us know what you hear back.