Illinois Legislators Need to Hear From You

I mentioned the other day that HB2234 — the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act — was delayed once again. It doesn’t look like it has the votes for passage, which is unfortunate. Our GLBT friends need our help.

I wrote to my representative urging her to vote in favor of this bill and this is the response I got back:

Dear Hemant:

I recently received your e-mail asking for my support of HB2234, legislation that creates the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act.

The majority of my constituents who have contacted me regarding this legislation, and civil unions in general, have been in opposition to the issue proposed in this legislation. I have serious misgivings about this bill and feel it ultimately would redefine marriage, which I consider to be between one man and one woman.

Thank you for caring enough about this issue to take the time to write to me.

Sincerely,
Renée Kosel
State Representative — 81st District
Assistant Republican Leader

Of course, this bill has nothing to do with gay marriage. It has to do with giving gay people the same rights as the rest of us. Kosel’s response is just a poor talking point.

Our reps need to hear from more Illinois citizens who support equal rights. Spread the message, make the phone calls, send the emails. Don’t let this bill die.

The relevant contact information for your state reps can be found here.

  • Kate

    Too bad she doesn’t get that marriage has already been “redfined” several times – to allow Black citizens to marry, to allow interracial marriages…

    Idiot.

  • Gabriel

    I wish you luck. I’m down in Texas so I don’t think they would care about my opinion on this matter.

  • http://www.sappari-zenzen.net eruvande

    Isn’t it interesting how every time we write our Republican Congresspeople, they respond with what they believe and not what they believe the Constitution and the law say.

  • Robin

    Are there poll numbers on this? Is that an accurate representation of what the citizens in your state actually want? Or is she only remembering the letters that say what she wants to hear? Or are the only people writing letters those who feel out-numbered because of the poll numbers? Or are you in the minority? Well, you get the idea.

  • Gerg

    It’s not just Republicans. My Democratic IL representative (Monique D Davis) responded simply:

    “This is an important issue. Thanks for writing”

    Come on Illinois people, IOWA is more progressive on this than us!

  • Kc

    @Gerg

    The same Monique Davis that stated that it’s “dangerous for our children to even know your philosophy [atheism] exists”?

    http://blogs.chicagotribune.com/news_columnists_ezorn/2008/04/rep-monique-dav.html

    Please don’t tell me she was re-elected.

  • http://paulforpm.blogspot.com/ keddaw

    Can anyone explain the mental gymnastics that most pro-gay marriage people go through when saying it is perfectly acceptable for a man to marry a man, but no okay for two men to marry one woman?

    I actually think that the government should get out of the marriage business. Marriage is, in effect, a legal contract between (currently) two people with a whole bunch of social/community festivities thrown in.

  • penguinsaur

    Can anyone explain the mental gymnastics that most pro-gay marriage people go through when saying it is perfectly acceptable for a man to marry a man, but no okay for two men to marry one woman?

    imagine the legal battle between 40 goldidggers married to one rich old guy. That and the fact that polygamy, incest and all the other stops on the slippery slope had the exact same reasoning and support before gay marriage as they do afterwards. they where illegal before interracial marriage and that was just as much a redefinition as gay marriage, I wouldnt be surprised if the bigots against that also argued “how can you say racemixing is okay but not polygamy!”

  • Nick

    Not to state the obvious, but did you really expect to get any other answer than that, Hemant?


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