Wednesday, November 14, 2012

'Gay Marriage' Next in Illinois via Legislature

Having successfully redistricted Illinois in their favor recently, after last week's election, Democrats achieved full control of state government, and filled Congress as well.  The coming Illinois government agenda includes same-sex "marriage" (the 2011 civil unions law doesn't go far enough), continued taxpayer funded abortion on demand, and fiscal bankruptcy barring an economic miracle and/or a federal bailout (forcing all Americans to fund Illinois Democrats).

For background, read Illinois Creates Civil Unions, "Gay Marriage" Next and also read Illinois Civil Unions Not Enough; Must Destroy Marriage as well as Illinois Dems Declare Marriage Law Unconstitutional

-- From "Same-Sex Marriage Advocates In Illinois Encouraged By Election" posted at CBS News KMOX-AM1120 (St. Louis) 11/12/12

Bernard Cherkasov, chief executive of the gay-rights group Equality Illinois, [said] “. . . we had many candidates throughout the state who supported marriage equality, who ran in tight, competitive races and who won election, including candidates who were endorsed by our own PAC, so that was fantastic.”

Democrats also will have huge majorities in the new General Assembly, but Cherkasov says when there have been advances on gay rights in Illinois and elsewhere, Republicans have joined, and he expects that to be the case on the marriage issue.

Illinois enacted civil unions in 2011, which are, by law, supposed to be the same as marriage, but in practice, they fall short, Cherkasov says, because many in the public do not understand what a civil union is.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Illinois gay marriage gets 'huge' election boost, chief sponsor says" by Greg Hinz, Crain's Chicago Business 11/7/12

In a post-election phone interview, state Rep. Greg Harris said voters from Maine and Maryland to Washington state sent a message Tuesday that enacting same-sex marriage legislation "is something we should be doing. . . . The climate has changed in a huge way."

Mr. Harris, a Democrat who represents Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood, said it will take time for state lawmakers to learn details of those votes. In particular, he said, African-American lawmakers will need to know what happened in Maryland, which has a large black population.

A second openly gay legislator, Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, said she believes "we are on a 'when, not if' trajectory" in Illinois. Hesitant colleagues should take "comfort" from yesterday's votes that the political risks of a "yes" vote are minimal, she said.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Gay marriage Emanuel’s No. 3 priority for Legislature" by Fran Spielman, Chicago Sun-Times City Hall Reporter 11/13/12

[Chicago] Mayor Rahm Emanuel Tuesday ranked legalizing gay marriage as his No. 3 legislative priority in Springfield . . .

Asked how involved he was willing to get in the fight for gay marriage, Emanuel said he planned to be “very involved.” That apparently means putting his notorious powers of persuasion to work on reluctant Chicago lawmakers.

[The mayor said,] “I’ve been in touch with ... State Rep. Greg Harris, State Rep. Deb Mell and leaders in both chambers — so Illinois will now take the next step in making sure that our values are reflected in our laws.”

As a candidate for mayor, Emanuel showcased his broad support in the gay community and promised to return the favor by pressuring the Illinois General Assembly to approve gay marriage and extend pension benefits to domestic partners.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Illinois Christian Tea Party Counters Establishment GOP