Saturday, August 12, 2006

Anti-Gay Measure Off of Illinois Ballot! Another Victory for GLBT Illinoisans!


Anti-Gay Measure Off of Illinois Ballot! Another Victory for GLBT Illinoisans!

The Illinois State Board of Elections declined to certify a state-wide advisory referendum calling for a constitutional ban on the recognition of equal marriage rights for LGBT people.

After extensive review, the Illinois Board of Elections found the anti-gay proponents had fallen short of the necessary valid signatures to have the measure placed on the ballot in November.

"We are pleased that the Board of Elections found what our volunteers found - anti-gay proponents don't have the support in Illinois that they claim," said Equality Illinois Director of Public Policy Rick Garcia. "This is another victory for our community and for all fair-minded Illinoisans." 
Equality Illinois especially wants to thank all who have volunteered and contributed to our Fair Illinois project that helped to make this victory possible.
We stood together, we worked together and we fought back this anti-gay measure.
While anti-gay organizations did not challenge the ruling, they havefiled suit against the Board in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals alleging that the Illinois Voter Act is unconstitutional.  We have an excellent team of attorneys monitoring that situation closely.
Again, a great victory, and thanks for your support in making it happen.
To stay informed on this important issue,
visit the Fair Illinois website.


While this strategy may not succeed in Illinois, and there is still a way to go before we know for sure, our neighbors to the north also face an ongoing fight against the Radical Right agenda. The rights of thousands of families will be put to a vote this November when Wisconsin votes on a constitutional ban on gay marriage and civil unions. 
Fair Wisconsin ( is leading the effort to defeat the ban and they need our help!
People For the American Way will be holding meet-ups with you, our activists, members and volunteers. We will be discussing what's next for Fair Illinois and introduce you to the great campaign Fair Wisconsin is running.
Meetings will be held on the South, West and North sides of the Chicagoland area:
SOUTH: Monday, August 14th, 7:00pm
Orly's Cafe
1660 E. 55th Street, Chicago, IL
WEST: Tuesday, August 15th, 7:00pm
Cosi Oak Park
1101 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL
NORTH: Wednesday, August 16th, 7:00pm
Heartland Cafe
7000 N. Glenwood, Chicago, IL


And finally, back here in the Land of Lincoln, EQUAL MARRIAGE ILLINOIS has scheduled a training session for speakers and community organizers in Joliet and surrounding communities on marriage equality:
Making the case for full marriage equality in our lifetimes
Action and Activism Training
Participants will:

Hear about the statewide fight for marriage equality - where we are and where we are going
Discover the most effective ways to talk about marriage equality: which messages work, which don't, and why
Learn more about coalition building and community mobilization
Get resources and information to help promote marriage equality in their communities
Help plan outreach and education activities in their community
The training will take place on Monday, August 14th, from 6-9pm, at Community Alliance and Action Network (CAAN), 68 N. Chicago Street, Joliet. Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP to Maha Syed, or 312-201-9740 Ext 332.
Equal Marriage Illinois, working together with partner organizations around the state, seeks to educate voters about the harms faced by LGBT families in Illinois without the benefit of marriage rights. Denying gay couples the right to legally marry takes away legal rights in pensions, health insurance, hospital visitaions and inheritance that other long term committed couples enjoy. We should end this discrimination. This training is co-sponsored by Equality Illinois, Lambda Legal, the ACLU of Illinois, IL NOW, People for the American Way, Community Alliance and Action Network, Unitarian Universalist Church of Joliet, and The Welcoming Congregation Committee of UUCJ.


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