Windy City Media Group Frontpage News Home
CELEBRATING 28+ YEARS OF Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender NEWS

Search Gay News Articles
Advanced Search
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2014-08-20
Download Issue
  News Index       Archives   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds   AIDS @ 32
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime

Pride Toronto ED resigning; Kenya's anti-gay bill Pride Toronto ED resigning; Kenya's anti-gay bill
Effective Aug. 31, Kevin Beaulieu is resigning as executive director of Pride ...

Browse Gay News Index   Browse Gay News Archives
  Windy City Times

Anti-gay bill struck down in state Senate
News update posted March 21, 2011
by Yasmin Nair, Windy City Times
2011-03-23

facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


SB 1993 was recently struck down in the Illinois Senate Human Services Committee. The bill would have allowed religious organizations to deny a child's adoption or foster care with a prospective parent if the adult practiced a different faith or are atheists or agnostics. Civil- and LGBT-rights activists were concerned that this would also allow the organizations to deny adoptions to gays and lesbians if a particular religion deemed that their relationships went against the faith.

In Chicago, Ed Yohnka, director of communications and public policy for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois said, "It's good news for foster care in Illinois, it's good news for children who need a loving home that these private agencies that are conducting a state function can't discriminate against them in finding a loving home and that the primary interest that those agencies will take into consideration when deciding where to place these children will be: will they be safe and will they be happy — not the sexual orientation or the religious background of the [ possible ] parent. That's really a victory for kids. We've got too many kids who've already need good homes, we don't need to start carving up the pool of potential foster parents or parents on the basic of ideology or bias."

According to the ACLU website, Tim Bivins, Pamela Althoff, Darin LaHood and Dave Syverson voted "yes" on the bill; Steve Landek voted "present;" and Mattie Hunter, William Delgado, Terry Link and Heather Steans voted "no." Chicago gay-rights activist Rick Garcia had gone down to Springfield two weeks ago to work with lawmakers against the bill. Garcia said he had gone there as a "longtime gay civil rights activist with 30 years experience at the state house" and because he felt he needed to use his "relationships and talent" to prevent the bill. Garcia worked with Mary Dixon, legislative director of Illinois ACLU, and he emphasized that "you can't let your guard down, especially when it comes to exempting religious organizations—that touches upon lots of people's buttons and you could easily lose one of those votes. Happily, the Senate committee did the right thing and they weren't able to generate enough of the votes in favor to move it forward."

Garcia has been critical of his former employer, Equality Illinois, for not paying enough attention to the issue of SB 1993. While he would not speculate on why, he pointed out that there was no mention of this or the other anti-gay bills on the Equality Illinois website: "There's one in the House and one in the Senate, a constitutional amendment identifying marriage as between a man and a woman. Those bills have not moved—one has been assigned to the executive committee in the Senate. It's not moving but it's something we need to keep an eye on."

Bernard Cherkasov, executive director of Equality Illinois was asked, via email, about SB 1993 and the organization's work on other current gay issues, as well as about Garcia's point. In an emailed response, Cherkasov wrote, "When any agency takes public funds to provide a public service on behalf of the State, it should not be allowed to discriminate. That's plain and simple, and Equality Illinois opposed the bill for that reason." He went on to write, "Sometimes we can accomplish our legislative goal ( such as defeating a bad bill ) more effectively when we are not the public face of the opposition. Having the state's largest LGBT advocacy organization lead a public fight against a faith-based adoption bill would have done more to antagonize our opponents than to add to our success. Instead, we continue to work with our allies in the General Assembly, and we are especially grateful to State Senator Heather Steans for her leadership in ensuring that the bill does not succeed."

The ACLU worked with Lambda Legal on SB 1993; that organization did not respond to a request for an interview by press deadline.


facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.

Pedro Zamora's honor; N.J. trans student's troubles 2014-08-20
Dozens of LGBT groups sign Brown letter 2014-08-20
Sept. 7 Victory Fund event to feature Houston's mayor 2014-08-20
Israel LGBTQ leaders discuss history, state of movement 2014-08-20
Pride Toronto ED resigning; Kenya's anti-gay bill 2014-08-20
Tunney posts survey about Pride Parade location change 2014-08-18
Election surprises; Clementi foundation news; Manning 2014-08-13
Uganda Pride; Billie Jean King, Elton John hosting tourney 2014-08-12
Houston Mayor Parker at Sept. 7 Victory Fund Chicago event 2014-08-12
Dennis Sneyers announces run for mayor of Chicago 2014-08-05
National: Frank slams Obama; first responders back marriage 2014-08-05
LGBT orgs plan anti-Rauner push during Market Days 2014-08-05
ALMA 'extremely disappointed' in House anti-immigrant crusade 2014-08-03
Skateboarding's Tony Hawk joins Americans for Marriage Equality 2014-07-30
Housing activists rally to support SRO resolution 2014-07-30
Obama urged to reconsider pacts; a killing in Crimea 2014-07-30
Ryan White's mom's campaign; HIV removed from human cells 2014-07-30
Sneyers prepares for '15 mayoral challenge 2014-07-27
Rob Ford says he's not anti-gay; Glee trouble in UK 2014-07-22
Bill T. Jones among Obama honorees 2014-07-22
'Live The Wage Challenge' issued to Congress: Try living it 2014-07-22
Obama signs order protecting federal employees from bias 2014-07-21
Black LGBT trailblazers; Maddow talks Perry; ENDA debate 2014-07-16
World news: Conchita Wurst models; Ian Thorpe comes out 2014-07-16
Equality Illinois calls on Rauner to return DeVos contributions 2014-07-11
PASSAGES: Former U.S. Sen. Alan Dixon dies 2014-07-09
Tim Cook at Pride Parade; LGBT groups won't back ENDA 2014-07-08
Mich. gubernatorial candidate Schauer talks LGBT rights 2014-07-08
NGLTF withdraws support of ENDA 2014-07-08
National news 2014-07-02
Putin refuses Elton John; USAID, Nat'l Gay Chamber partner 2014-07-01
Obama announces ban on trans bias for federal employees 2014-06-30
Protesters decry Rauner's marriage views 2014-06-26
Gov. Quinn signs anti-bullying bill 2014-06-26
Chicagoans visit Dominican Republic as LGBT-rights advocates 2014-06-25
9 of 12 LGBT candidates advance in primaries 2014-06-25
World news: Developments in Uganda; Luxembourg passes marriage 2014-06-24
LGBT-rights activists in Uganda, Thailand talk situation 2014-06-24
State's Attorney hosts LGBT pride event 2014-06-19
LGBT groups band against ENDA's religious exemption 2014-06-18





Copyright © 2014 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
the online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 



 

Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey on touring and Howard Jones
 
Kiss of 'Meth' Writer/performer Strafford on play on addiction
 
Honors roll in for UIC researcher
 
Israel LGBTQ leaders discuss history, state of movement
 
Gay in the Life: Richard Biasi
 
Windy City Times Current DownloadNightspots Current DownloadQueercast Current Download
Windy City Media Group BlogsJoin Our Email List!Donate Now








  News Index       Archives   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds   AIDS @ 32
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video      News Videos      Nightspots Videos      Entertainment Videos      Queercast Videos      Comedy Videos     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.