May 28, 2009 9:17AM
Ed. Note: This post from Nathan Schackow, an HRC volunteer leader in Chicago.
Civil Unions in the Land of Lincoln?
All eyes are on the Illinois legislature today as the House will likely take a vote within hours that could bring civil unions to the Land of Lincoln. Yes, that is right. Today the legislature is expected to vote on civil unions HERE in Illinois!
Please join me RIGHT NOW in doing the following 2 things:
1) Call your State Representative in Springfield. Ask them to support the civil union bill, Senate Bill 1716. (The switchboard number is 217-782-2000, and you can determine your representative by entering your address here.
2) Pass this message along to your supportive friends and family members, writing a sentence or two in your own words at the top letting them know this is important to you. (Copy and paste should make this quick and easy.)
We will not let the disheartening California decision stand in our way as we march toward equality nationwide, and we–as citizens of Illinois–have the power to reverse the tide right now.
As a former downstate resident of Peoria and now a proud voter in the Windy City, I salute Representative Greg Harris and Senators David Koehler and Heather Steans, the key leaders who have been working so hard to gain support for the civil union bill. I am honored to have met each of them, and I cannot thank them enough for their unwavering support for the LGBT community in Illinois.
Now let’s all do our part to help them and make sure the civil union bill passes in Illinois!
TO WATCH THE BILL'S PROGRESS (IN TEXT) GO HERE.TO WATCH/LISTEN TO THE VOTE GO HERE.
More updates to come.