Windy City Media Group Frontpage News Home
CELEBRATING 29+ YEARS OF Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender NEWS

Search Gay News Articles
Advanced Search
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2015-03-04
Download Issue
  News Index   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds     AIDS @ 32       Marriage
 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

Chicago House pleases with 'The Tease' Chicago House pleases 
with 'The Tease'
Chicago House presented its second annual burlesque event, The Tease, with two ...

Browse Gay News Index   Browse Gay News Archives
  Windy City Times

Lisa Madigan talks Illinois marriage push
by Kate Sosin, Windy City Times
2013-06-23

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


Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has been dogged by the marriage question all year. It's not that she doesn't support equal marriage—that much has long been clear—but her stance on the issue has been closely watched, first when she intervened in favor of lawsuits seeking equal marriage and then when her father, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, took up the issue in the House, where he supported efforts to legalize same-sex marriage.

Michael Madigan has drawn scorn from some LGBT activists who feel did not do enough to pass equal marriage before session ended in May. And some of that anger has been directed at Lisa Madigan, a possible gubernatorial contender and longtime equal marriage supporter.

Windy City Times caught up with Lisa Madigan and asked her about why she intervened in favor of same-sex couples in court, what she did to help the marriage bill and how she feels about the anger resulting from that shortfall.

Windy City Times: So, you put out a statement after the session ended without a vote on equal marriage about why you think the ban is unconstitutional. How are you feeling now that some time has passed?

Lisa Madigan: I think I'm much more positive now than I was on the last day of session. I think everybody who has worked hard to see the gay marriage bill pass was both upset and disappointed that it didn't. At this point, what I am hopeful of is that we are going to take our negative emotions and turn that into positive energy that's going to be necessary to ultimately pass this bill in Illinois.

WCT: You came out very early in the lawsuits seeking equal marriage and took the position that the ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. How did you come to that position?

Lisa Madigan: For many years now, personally, I have been supportive of gay marriage. As those debates started taking place in state legislatures, but also in state courts around the country, I followed very closely the legal arguments that have been made and the ultimate resolution of those cases. For anybody who has done that, you see that the legal landscape has been changing relatively rapidly.

You had a situation that in the mid-to-late '90s, you started to see a lot of state legislatures pass bans on same-sex marriage and then it was really more in the early 2000s, mid-2000s, you started seeing legal challenges to those statutes. You have numerous courts at this point that have ruled that those bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional in large part because they violate equal protection provisions.

In particular, the case out of Connecticut is very similar to the situation that Illinois is in. There was a challenge to the ban. They had passed a civil unions law, and ultimately their supreme court said that it was unconstitutional to have these two different types of recognition of relationships.

I think if you're true to the legal analysis of equal protection case law, you find that these bans on same-sex marriage simply are violative of equal protection.

WCT: This, of course, is going to be very important with the Supreme Court decision on the Defense of Marriage Act expected. What do you think are some of the ramifications for Illinois depending on the outcome?

Lisa Madigan: I shouldn't prognosticate because that's never a wise thing to do, but I think there's certainly both hope and believe that the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down DOMA [the Defense of Marriage Act], in large part simply because marriage has always been something that is determined at a state level and not at the federal level.

If there are favorable decisions out of the Supreme Court, I think that adds momentum to work that is taking place in states around the country to pass gay marriage law.

WCT: As I understand it, you had conversations with some lawmakers about supporting this bill.

Lisa Madigan: Yes, throughout session, and even in particular the last several days when people were hopeful that we were only a handful of votes away. Then, it started looking as if it was far more than that because some members of the legislature had been put under so much pressure that while at some point they may have indicated a possible willingness to be supportive, they were now indicating essentially the opposite. So I spent many hours on the phone that Thursday and Friday with legislatures, reassuring them of several things.

One is, from my experience being in the state Senate, you end up having to vote on controversial bills, but once they're passed, much of the controversy dies down [and] goes away, and everybody moves forward—certain threats that may have been made to be or concerns that they may have had about elections that maybe did not need to be so concerned about that.

WCT: Do you remember the first moment that you knew the bill might be in trouble?

Lisa Madigan: I think I got a call probably that Wednesday, maybe it was Thursday before the end of session [Friday]. I think it was late in the game. Like many people, we had been doing a lot of work. We were very hopeful. My understanding was we never had a firm 60 votes. We were close and the momentum was going the right way, and it really turned.

WCT: Obviously, there has been a lot of anger over this, even at supportive representatives. Do you think that anger is fair, and how do you feel that some of that has been directed as you as the daughter of Speaker Madigan?

Lisa Madigan: I think anger is understandable. Everybody who was working toward passage of this bill was certainly disappointed, upset that it did not have the votes to pass at the end of session. So, I can understand anger. I think the useful way to channel that anger is into working harder and assuring ourselves that we do get commitments from representatives that we will vote for this bill when it is called. I don't think that anger for anger's sake is useful at the end of the day. But, again, I understand that there are a lot of people who are very disappointed, myself included, that the votes weren't there to pass it at the end of session.

WCT: Do you have any plans for Pride?

Lisa Madigan: We always go to the parade, so we'll be out at the parade.

WCT: Is there anything you want to add?

Lisa Madigan: This is something I have been supportive of ever since I ran for public office. I put a little bit of in because I remember commenting on this when we signed the civil unions bill a number of years ago that it took a very, very long time for the Human Rights Act to be amended to include sexual orientation as a protected class. Larry McKeon [the state's first out gay rep] was one of my state representatives. I remember the work that he did on this to amend the Human Rights Act. I remember the disappointment and the frustration and anger that was directed at him in years that it didn't pass.

We're always in a battle over something, and what pays off ultimately is perseverance and developing relationships and connections. We will pass marriage equality in Illinois. It may not happen fast enough for a lot of people, but it is coming.


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.

Aguda, A Wider Bridge discuss U.S., Israeli LGBT communities 2015-03-04
Rauner cuts hit anti-bullying programs 2015-03-04
Schock hires team to handle troubles 2015-03-04
Local entertainment: Queen Latifah; Madonna; Gay horror-movie screening; gay marriage exhibit 2015-03-04
National news shorts: Wedding in Texas; Autopsy, report differ; Gay priest dies 2015-03-03
Coming up: Barney Frank; Patner memorial; LGBTQ leaders in education 2015-03-03
National roundup: Marriage in Ala. and Neb.; trans suicide 2015-03-03
World news: HIV study; Ambassador Wally Brewster; UKIP chair leaves 2015-03-03
Gay marriages halted in Alabama 2015-03-03
People's brief for marriage equality to go to Supreme Court 2015-03-03
AMPA to SCOTUS: Marriage inequality harms military families 2015-03-03
Jeb Bush maintains anti-marriage equality stance 2015-02-28
Ohio marriage case brief filed at U.S. Supreme Court 2015-02-27
Deb Mell appears to win tight race in 33rd Ward, some ballots left to count 2015-02-27
Tennessee couples ask Supreme Court to end checkerboard of marriage laws 2015-02-27
Ward by Ward in the race for Chicago mayor 2015-02-25
A year of marriage equality shows high demand, diversity 2015-02-25
Emanuel to face Garcia in April runoff; gay Latino wins big 2015-02-25
New rule defining spouse in Family and Medical Leave Act could impact 118,000 2015-02-24
National: Pol and trans granddaughter; suicide; FBI and Fred Phelps 2015-02-24
World news: HIV in Cuba; Global Equality Fund; new envoy 2015-02-24
Quigley vice chair of equality caucus 2015-02-24
Randy Berry is State Department's first LGBT Human Rights Envoy 2015-02-23
Windy City Times rates the mayoral candidates 2015-02-23
Quigley addresses his LGBTQ Leadership Council 2015-02-22
Looming dilemma: Choosing an advocate 2015-02-19
Lesbian couple weds in Texas 2015-02-19
Border crossing: Couple's story of love, marriage, immigration 2015-02-18
Same-sex divorce: When there isn't a happily ever after 2015-02-18
WINDY CITY TIMES WEDDING GUIDE Business Listings 2015-02-18
ONE Northside responds to Gov. Rauner's Budget 2015-02-18
ELECTIONS 2015: 2ND WARD Restauranteur Bita Buenrostro aims for aldermanic seat 2015-02-18
ELECTIONS 2015 Out gay candidate makes play for 15th Ward seat 2015-02-18
ELECTIONS 2015: 2ND WARD Cornell Wilson: Military vet aims for aldermanic post 2015-02-18
ELECTIONS 2015: 2ND WARD Brian Hopkins on ward's challenges, Daley connection 2015-02-18
ELECTIONS 2015: 2ND WARD Stacey Pfingsten: Preservationist seeks to succeed Fioretti 2015-02-18
ELECTIONS 2015: 2ND WARD Alyx Pattison in aldermanic run, handles controversy 2015-02-18
ELECTIONS 2015: 1ST WARD Andrew Hamilton: Attorney plans to take Moreno's seat 2015-02-18
ELECTIONS 2015: 1ST WARD Proco 'Joe' Moreno on accomplishments, Chick-fil-A 2015-02-18
Lesbian PAC names first E.D. 2015-02-18





Copyright © 2015 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our 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.

 

 

 

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 

AMPA to SCOTUS: Marriage inequality harms military families
 
CROI 2015 findings call for bringing PrEP for HIV prevention to scale
 
Entertainment: Wanda Sykes; Gaga; Mo'Nique; Eddie Redmayne
 
NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Midge Ure talks Moby, Boy George, touring
 
Military chaplains go anti-LGBT route
 
Windy City Times Current DownloadNightspots Current DownloadQueercast Current Download
Windy City Media Group BlogsJoin Our Email List!Donate Now
Sponsor


Sponsor

  News Index   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds     AIDS @ 32       Marriage
 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     
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.