Thursday, May 16, 2013
Supporters of the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act are invited to join the peaceful vigil from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 17.
McHenry County advocates for same sex marriage are planning to hold a peaceful vigil later today in Woodstock. Members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in McHenry (Tree of Life), along with Parents and Families of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and Fortunate Families, a Catholic family group, will once again be holding a silent roadside vigil in support of marriage equality in Illinois. The supporters will gather from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Woodstock at the corner of South Eastwood Drive (Route 47) and Country Club Road. “This week Minnesota became joined Rhode Island and Delaware becoming the third state to enact marriage equality legislation in the last month,” said Patrick Murfin, Social Justice Committee chair of the U.U. Congregation…
Monday, May 6, 2013
State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz has been a vocal advocate for changing Illinois marriage laws, and she sees change on the horizon. Sponsored by Grape-Nuts.
Sara Feigenholtz changed one law so people could know more about their history, and now she's working to change another to help people achieve the future they've always wanted. As an advocate for adoption reform, she helped adopted people win the right to see their original birth certificate. "As an adopted person, I was prevented by the government the right to my original birth certificate," Feigenholtz said. “This law I changed in Illinois, changed the lives of so many people and continues to do so. In the last 18 months in the state, 8,600 people have gotten their original birth certificate." The representative for the 12th Illinois House District now has her sights set on helping the LGBT community secure the right to marry. She has …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Members of Tree of Life-UU Congregation held signs supporting marriage equality.
Sunday, April 21
About 15 people held a peaceful vigil on Friday afternoon in support of marriage equality. The group was comprised of members of Tree of Life-Unitarian Universalist Congregation in McHenry, Fortunate Families (a Catholic group), and Parents and Families of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), according to the Tree of Life Facebook page. Carrying homemade signs advocating same sex marriage, the members stood at the northwest corner of Route 14 and Main Street in Crystal Lake during the evening rush hour. The vigil was the second of its kind for the group; the first was held last month in McHenry. The event was organized to support the Religious Freedom Marriage Fairness Act, which was approved by the Illinois Senate and now is pending in the Illinois…
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Chicagoland news to talk about: Find out where Chicago ranks among most congested cities.
Marriage equality legislation in Illinois was approved Tuesday by a state Senate committee, advancing the measure toward a vote of the full Senate that is expected to take place on Valentine's Day. The Illinois Senate Executive Committee voted, just as they had a month earlier, in favor of the bill, which would legalize same-sex marriage in the land of Lincoln. Nine committee members voted in favor of the bill and five against. State Sen. Heather Steans, the bill's sponsor, told the committee Tuesday, "Same-sex couples want to marry for the same reasons we all do. Civil unions have created a second-class status," according to Chicago Pride. The Skokie Police Department has been working around the clock with Chicago and other area …