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EQIL Calls on Rauner: Follow Marriage Equality Ruling

Marriage & Civil Unions | September 5, 2014

Rauner Certificate_postThe unanimous U.S. Court of Appeals ruling Thursday in Chicago for the freedom to marry was a clarion call for Midwestern political leaders including Bruce Rauner of Illinois to end their stubborn opposition to marriage equality.

In a news release, Equality Illinois demanded that Bruce Rauner, the Republican nominee for governor, apologize for his pledge to repeal marriage rights and declare that he supports full marriage equality for same-sex couples.

“Bruce Rauner cannot hide behind his ‘no social agenda’ rhetoric when he has said clearly on the record that he would have vetoed the Illinois Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act had he been governor,” said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois.


U.S. Appeals Court Orders Marriage Equality in the Midwest

Marriage & Civil Unions | September 4, 2014

7th opinion memeScore another victory for marriage equality in the Midwest.

The U.S. Appeals Court in Chicago released a unanimous 3-0 ruling against the marriage equality bans in our neighboring states of Indiana and Wisconsin.

What is remarkable is that the three-judge panel took barely a week after the oral arguments to decide the case and write its ruling and that in writing the 7th Circuit decision, Judge Richard Posner, an appointee of President Ronald Reagan, was so blunt in his opinion.

“Our pair of cases is rich in detail but ultimately straightforward to decide. The challenged laws discriminate against a minority defined by an immutable characteristic, and the only rationale that the states put forth with any conviction — that same-sex couples and their children don’t need marriage because same-sex couples can’t produce children, intended or unintended — is so full of holes that it cannot be taken seriously,” Posner wrote for the court.


Get Your ‘V Card’ in Person at First Friday

Register to Vote | September 3, 2014

VCard Launch PartyJoin Equality Illinois at this First Friday for the launch party for the Get Your V Card campaign for voter registration.

The campaign includes an Equality Illinois ad on YouTube that the chicagoist blog says is “the cheekiest voter registration ad ever.” The Huffington Post takes it a step further, saying, “The ad’s porn-tastic soundtrack certainly goes a long way toward spicing it up.” In the ad, polling place clerks Doris and Betty deploy their best come hither looks to welcome the new voters, who happen to be two handsome young men carrying their V Cards – voter registration cards.

So come to Sidetrack this Friday, Sept. 5, for a launch party for the V Card ad and the voter registration drive, at 6-8 PM at Sidetrack Video Bar, 3349 N. Halsted St., Chicago and featuring some of the volunteer stars of the commercial and the usual First Friday fun.


Weather Cleared for the Rally for Marriage

Marriage & Civil Unions | August 25, 2014

Rally MontageThe weather cleared for the Rally for Marriage Equality Monday evening, allowing couples from Indiana and Wisconsin to join supporters from Illinois in advance of an important hearing Tuesday on the freedom to marry in the Midwest.

A panel of judges on the U.S. Appeals Court for the 7th Circuit in Chicago will hear oral arguments Tuesday on cases that overturned the bans on same-sex marriage in Indiana and Wisconsin.

Monday night’s rally in the Chicago Federal Plaza welcomed the Indiana and Wisconsin delegations, led by Illinois State Rep. Greg Harris, the author of the Illinois marriage equality law.