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Anti-Discrimination Blog Employment | July 21, 2014

ObamaSignsOrderThe two executive orders expanding protections for LGBT workers signed Monday by President Obama set the standards by which policies, laws, and leaders should be judged, according to Equality Illinois.

“President Obama’s executive orders are to be applauded for their expansive coverage,” said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois, who attended the signing ceremony in the White House East Room.

“The President also resisted appeals from extreme groups to single out LGBT workers for unprecedented broad exemptions which would have allowed taxpayer-funded contractors to use religious pretexts to discriminate.”


5,000 Couples Enjoying Marriage Equality in Illinois

Blog Marriage & Civil Unions | July 9, 2014

Marriage Report July 2014Breaking News from an Equality Illinois Report: More Than 5,000 Couples Enjoying Marriage Equality in Illinois

Couples united in new marriages, by civil union conversions and by marriages in other jurisdictions recognized in Illinois are enjoying the benefits of Illinois Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act.

“Some politicians cannot state that they will defend marriage equality and the rights of the couples and their children. It is important to note that such opposition translates into saying they cannot be counted on to stand up to defend these 5,000 families from discrimination,” said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois.


No Broad Religious Exemptions, Mr. President

Blog | July 8, 2014

Equality Illinois and scores of other statewide equality organizations throughout the United States joined forces today in sending a letter to President Obama urging him to exclude broad religious exemptions from his promised executive order prohibiting discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers by federal contractors.

Even before the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, Equality Illinois took a stand against any broad religious exemption, including the one in the current draft of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), that would give LGBT people less protection than other protected groups already enjoy under federal civil rights law.


Relive A Prideful Sunday

Blog | June 30, 2014

THANK YOU to a million of our closest friends for a spectacular Chicago Pride Parade 2014 and for welcoming the Equality Illinois contingent so warmly.

Scores of volunteers made our GET ENGAGED parade entry a great success, and players of the Chicago Sky, who joined us, added to the fun afternoon.

Please take a moment to relive the delightful day in a video and photo gallery.