Archive for the ‘Rep. Greg Harris’ Category

Governor’s Signing Event Announced

January 24, 2011

Gov Quinn has announced the details of his plan to sign the civil unions bill. The press release follows:

CHICAGO – Next Monday (Jan. 31), Governor Pat Quinn will sign the IllinoisReligious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act (SB1716) with guests and members of the public. With this law, Illinois joins the handful of U.S. states that have expanded recognition and rights to all families. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the signing of this historic legislation.


WHEN: January 31, 2011 at 4 p.m.


WHERE: Chicago Cultural Center

78 East Washington Street

Chicago, 60601


ADDITIONAL: Members of the public are invited to witness this historic occasion.

As space is limited, RSVPs to are encouraged.

Guests without an RSVP will be seated as space is available.

Event is open press.


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.

Gay Rights Leaders to Speak to Jewish Group

June 23, 2010

The Upper Midwest regional office of the Anti-Defamation League will be hosting an event tonight in Chicago featuring speeches about “The State of Civil Unions and LGBT Equality in Illinois” by State Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, and Bernard Cherkasov, executive director of Equality Illinois. The event will be at 6 p.m. at The Gage resataurant, 24 S. Michigan Ave. More information is available here. It is the league’s first event in cooperation with Equality Illinois.

Let’s Pass a Civil Unions Bill This Year

May 11, 2010

Rep. Greg Harris

Representatives of the Illinois Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry met with other allies, including Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, last night to discuss our plans to promote the recognition and rights of same-sex couples in Illinois. Those in attendance included members of several faith traditions.

The group decided to come together as the Illinois Interfaith Committee for Civil Unions. Yes, it’s another long name with another long acronym, but I see it as fitting well with the work of this coalition. Some activists say that anything short of marriage rights is a second-class status and therefore an unacceptable compromise.

As for me, however, I know that social change often moves more slowly than we might hope. We currently have no recognition for same-sex couples in Illinois whatsoever, so a law allowing for civil unions – while not ideal – would represent a big step forward. Civil unions in Illinois would allow for same-sex couples to enjoy many of the rights already enjoyed by opposite-sex couples.

A law allowing for civil unions in Illinois are the short-term goal. Marriage recognized by both the state of Illinois and the federal government may be a slightly longer-term goal… or at least I hope it takes only slightly longer. But whether full marriage equality takes another year or another 20 years, I am prepared to continue advocating until that day arrives.