Is National Organization For Marriage Bankrupt?

By: Monday June 3, 2013 12:55 pm

In an email claiming credit in stalling the Illinois marriage equality bill, National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown stated today that “NOM put everything we had into this fight”.  However, “everything” was reportedly only $125,000, according to NOM’s own emails and blog post as well as blog posts from another anti-gay organization focused on this [...]

Illinois Legislature Demonstrates How Politically Not-Powerful Gays Are

By: Friday May 31, 2013 8:16 pm

This evening the Illinois state House ended the year’s legislative session without calling the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act (SB 10) to a vote.  The next time that the marriage equality bill could be considered is this November. The Senate passed the bill on Valentines Day on a vote of 34 to 21. The [...]

Illinois Senate Passes Marriage Equality Bill With Bipartisan Support

By: Thursday February 14, 2013 3:06 pm

Just moments ago the Illinois Senate passed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act (SB 10) on a vote of 34 to 21. The bill, which now moves on to the House, enjoys wide-ranging support from Illinois voters, President Barack Obama, Gov. Pat Quinn, Illinois GOP Chair Pat Brady and former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman, [...]

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn Poised to Become Sixth Catholic Governor to Sign Marriage Equality Into Law

By: Tuesday February 12, 2013 4:29 pm

What does Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn have in common with every single U.S. state governor who has signed marriage equality legislation? He’s Catholic. Gov. Quinn, an enthusiastic supporter of marriage equality, promised attendees at Equality Illinois‘s Justice For All Gala this past weekend that “This week will be a historic week in Illinois. … This [...]

Illinois GOP Chair Asks Republican Lawmakers To Support Marriage Equality Bill (Updated)

By: Wednesday January 2, 2013 6:32 pm

Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party Pat Brady “is calling GOP lawmakers asking them to support a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage,” the Daily Herald reports. “I think it’s time for people to support this,” Brady is quoted as saying. Brady was speaking “as a citizen”, not in his capacity as GOP chair. Update: Mr. [...]

Does Cardinal George Serve God, Or Mother Nature?

By: Tuesday January 1, 2013 9:03 pm

The Illinois state Legislature is gearing up to consider passage of The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act (HB5170), a marriage equality bill.  Unsurprisingly Cardinal Francis George, Catholic Archbishop of Chicago, opposes the bill. What is surprising is Cardinal George’s reliance on “natural law”, not Bible references, to make his case.  From the letter “Same-sex [...]

Illinois begins issuing civil union licenses today to loving couples

By: Wednesday June 1, 2011 2:53 pm

 Congratulations Illinois!  Today is the first day that civil union licenses are available in Illinois.  The Chicago Tribune has posted a few short videos to document the day. When I watch these videos, I see such a mix of emotions in the people involved.  I see clerks super happy to finally be able to treat [...]

Designating T-Friendly Bathrooms in Chicago

By: Friday February 18, 2011 2:48 pm

GenderQueer Chicago has launched an initiative to have friendly Chicago businesses identify themselves to trans customers.  Talk about turning the bathroom meme on its head.  It’s positive, it’s proactive, it puts the lie to the bathroom meme…I think I like this idea!  What say you, transfolk? CHICAGO- In an unprecedented effort to make the city [...]

The Illinois Senate HAS PASSED the civil unions bill!

By: Wednesday December 1, 2010 2:10 pm

Update 2: The IL Senate passed the CU bill by a vote of 32-24-1. The bill now heads to Gov. Pat Quinn for his signature.  Reactions below the fold. Update: Equality Illinois is doing some live coverage of the debates on their Facebook page. On the heels of passage of the civil unions bill (“Illinois [...]

BREAKING: Illinois House just passed civil unions bill

By: Tuesday November 30, 2010 7:34 pm

Update: Just as I posted this diary, the news came out that the IL House of Representatives has passed the civil unions law!  On the the Senate!  Gov. Patrick Quinn has promised to sign the bill into law. From Equality Illinois: We did it! The Illinois House of Representatives passed the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection [...]

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