Civil Unions will soon make their way to Illinois as June 1st approaches - but that doesn't mean that the work is done.
Just because we will soon have Civil Unions available for same-sex couples it doesn't mean that other laws limiting LGBT rights are going to disappear - in fact it appears as though there's one trying to make it's way through the process now.
I just received this release from The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA) regarding Senate Bill 1123 which was amended to allow religious institutions the right to not service LGBT couples who are adopting or becoming foster parents if they don't feel it fits within their "deeply held beliefs."
Be sure to follow Senate Bill 1123 now and when the time comes be sure to contact your Senator and let them know of your displeasure of the addition to this Bill.
Just because some rights have been won, doesn't mean that there aren't other battles to fight.
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The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA), an Illinois statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization, has learned that Senate Bill 1123 has been amended to allow religious institutions the right to refer couples in a Civil Union that are applying to adopt or foster a child, to other agencies if they do not want to serve that couple due to their "deeply held religious beliefs."
"This bill is an attack on the Civil Union Act and by extension, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community," stated Anthony Martinez, Executive Director of The Civil Rights Agenda. "Why this amendment? Why now? Because we just granted rights to the LGBTQ community. Why are we trying to write discrimination into the law? This is unacceptable."
The Civil Rights Agenda's lobbying team in Springfield has been working quietly behind the scenes for a week to try and stop this bill, but has not been able to stall the progress and the bill will now move to the Executive Committee. "Our lobbyists are on the ground working with leadership to ensure that we continue to fight this egregious overstep on the rights of LGBTQ individuals," stated Lowell Jaffe, Political Director of The Civil Rights Agenda. "Although we had hoped that this bill would never see the light of day, anti-equality proponents have been working aggressively to make sure this bill moves forward. The team in Springfield will be focused on ensuring the bill is defeated."