Illinois General Assembly passes civil unions

by , posted on Saturday, December 4th, 2010 at 12:09 pm

While the Illinois General Assembly has yet to create jobs, pass a balanced budget, or find a way to fund the $80B pension liability, they did a very courageous thing during veto session by passing a civil unions bill.  This strikes me as one of the biggest “change” votes taken by the ILGA and perhaps the biggest act of courage in my memory. It was a positive step forward for residents of Illinois as we seek to join other states who view equality as a centerpiece for social and economic justice.

In the 21st century, I find it hard to believe that there are still people in Springfield and Washington who honestly feel that some in our society should be treated like second class citizens in the eyes of the government. But, some still voted “nay.” You can see the entire Senate vote here. You can see the entire House vote here.

If you agree that this is a good step for Illinois, please call or write members in the Fox Valley to let express appreciation or disappointment.  Altough he has delayed signing the bill until 2011, it is expected that Governor Quinn (312-814-2121 / Online Contact Form) will sign the bill.  It probably does not hurt to send the Governor a note to thank him for his support of equality.  See list of Fox Valley Representatives below.

Voted YES:
State Senator Michael Noland (D) – / 847.214.8864
State Senator Linda Holmes (D) – / 815.609.3711
State Representative Keith Farnham (D) – / 630.264.2334

Voted NO:
State Senator Chris Lauzen (R) – 630.264.2334
State Representative Linda Chapa LaVia (D) – 630.264.6855
State Representative Tom Cross (R) – 815.254.0000
State Representative Kay Hatcher (R) – 630.553.3223
State Representative Tim Schmitz (R) – 630.845.9590
State Representative Mike Fortner (R) – 630.293.9344


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