The Civil Unions bill is NOT dead in Illinois--its stalling. Its time to go Black and Gold and go at it with all you got. What do I mean? If you're in the East-Central Illinois area, you need to get on the phone and call all of your state representatives. Most of Champaign and Urbana are covered by Naiomi Jakkobson, who rocks and who cosponsors SB1716 with the Religious Freedoms Protection and Civil Unions Act amended to it. However, parts of our area are covered by Bill Black and Chapin Rose. Regardless of whether or not you are a direct constituent, they still work for you, and they need to hear your voice. I've been in contact with Rep. Greg Harris, the bill's sponsor, and a great ally to our community. Here is what Rep. Harris said to me:
In the Champaign area, Rep. Naomi Jakkobson is a true hero, being one of the co-sponsors of the bill. Reps. Bill Black and Chapin Rose, who also have parts of the area in their District, are IMHO [In My Humble Opinion] men of good will who might one day vote for the bill if they thought there was strong support in their Districts. If you can call and/or meet with them and encourage others to do so....those are 2 incredibly important votes!!!
I really need you to get on the phone and call Bill Black and Chapin Rose. This bill may be seeing the light of day again WEDNESDAY, according to Rep. Harris. Here's what I want you to do:
1. Call YOUR Representative and tell them to support this bill (SB1716 with the Civil Unions Act amendment).
2. Call BILL BLACK AND CHAPIN ROSE and tell them to support this bill. Tell them you know HUNDREDS of loving same-sex couples in the East Central Illinois area that need their help!
3. Write me, or comment or whatever and post right here for everyone to see WHAT THEY SAY. If you can arrange an in-district meeting with them, let me know, and I will try and drum up some material and some talking points for you. If they're lame, evasive--WE WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW!
4. Get EVERYONE YOU KNOW that cares about this bill to do the same.
Let's MAKE THIS HAPPEN!
TOAST TO REP. GREG HARRIS--MY MAIN MAN--A TRUE HERO FOR OUR LIBERTY!