A Victory for Gay Rights: Illinois House Committee Approves Civil Unions

March 13, 2009 by Jill Garvey · Comment
Filed under: Faith, Politics 

A bill recognizing same-sex civil unions was approved by the Illinois House Human Services Committee for a full House vote under the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. If it passes in the Illinois House it would be a fitting step forward for a state with the Lincoln legacy to uphold.

Religious groups opposed to expanded rights for gay couples are already mobilizing however. The question is, will Illinois’ gay rights activists be blindsided the way Californians were?

Groups, such as Catholic Conference of Illinois and the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), are going to wage a fierce fight. On Wednesday LDS sent out an email from their website urging recipients to

“help defeat this bill, please call your state representative and state senator and ask that they support traditional marriage and vote against the civil unions bill.”

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