FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ILLINOIS SENATE PASSES CIVIL UNION BILL
LGBT FAMILIES GAIN VITAL PROTECTIONS
Springfield, Illinois – Wednesday, December 1, 2010 – Today, the Illinois Senate voted to pass the Illinois Religious Freedom and Civil Union Act by 32 votes. “We are ecstatic,” stated Anthony Martinez, Executive Director of The Civil Rights Agenda and Co-Executive Director of LGBT Change. “It makes all of our work over the past two years worth every second.” The bill now makes its way to Governor Quinn’s desk and the Governor has indicated he will sign it.
We would like to thank the Leadership in the General Assembly on this Bill including Senator Koehler and Senator Steans, as well as Representative Harris, Representative Mell, Representative Feigenholtz, and Representative Osterman. We also congratulate Equality Illinois, Lambda Legal, ACLU and all of the organizations, individuals, community members and everyone who contributed to this victory.
LGBT Change and The Civil Rights Agenda will be working together to ensure that those Legislators that voted ‘NO’ will be exposed, targeted and defeated. We will also ensure that the Legislators that stood by the LGBT Community will be thanked and protected.
“We are finally on the bus in Illinois,” said Jacob Meister, President of The Civil Rights Agenda, “we may be sitting in the back, but we finally made it on the bus.”
The Civil Rights Agenda and LGBT Change will now turn their efforts to marriage in Illinois as a matter of full equality.