State of Illinois Archives: on Civil Rights


Jim Oberweis: Voted no on state-level same-sex marriage

Oberweis voted NAY on SB 10, a bill to Authorize Same-Sex Marriage (Concurrence Vote Passed Senate, 32 - 21)

VoteSmart Synopsis: Vote to concur with House amendments and pass a bill that authorizes same-sex marriage.

Source: VoteSmart 2013 Illinois state legislative records Nov 5, 2013

Doug Truax: Uphold one-man, one-woman definition, but let states decide

On Teri O'Brien's radio show, Republican candidate Doug Truax confirmed that he will push for a debate with US Senator Dick Durbin before next November. Among a number of issues with which he disagrees with Durbin, Truax, a West Point grad, said the military should be allowed to interrogate jihadists and not be restricted from using means necessary to protect American lives.

He said he is "very pro-life," and unlike Durbin, would support policies that limit abortion. When O'Brien pointed out that Dick Durbin said in an interview that he changed from being pro-life to being radically pro-abortion because pro-life people he'd met in DC were so mean, Truax responded, "How's that for conviction?"

When asked about same sex marriage, Truax said that his religious beliefs uphold the one-man, one-woman definition of marriage, but states should determine their will on the topic, rather than federal mandates.

Source: Illinois Review on 2014 Illinois Senate debate Oct 6, 2013

Pat Quinn: Marriage equality is coming to Illinois

Our Illinois is not a land of discrimination. Four years ago, nobody thought civil unions would be possible here. Today, civil unions are the law of our state. And nearly 5,200 couples across 94 counties have joined in a civil union.

Now, it's time to take that next step in achieving full equality. Marriage equality is coming to Illinois.

Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Illinois Legislature Feb 6, 2013

Pat Quinn: Make IL the leading employer of people with disabilities

Four years ago, Illinois lagged behind the nation in providing community care to people with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges. We were institutionalizing more people than any other state. So we are changing that. We're committed to making sure all our citizens--regardless of the challenges they face--have the opportunity to reach their full potential. That's why we closed outdated institutions--and we invested in community care.

Because of our commitment, Illinois will soon receive significant new resources to provide supportive housing for people with disabilities. These resources will provide not only a roof over their heads, but also the skills training, counseling, and services they need to become productive members of their communities.

And we're not done yet. We want Illinois to be the nation's leading employer of people with disabilities. With your partnership, we can double the rate of employment for people with disabilities by 2015.

Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Illinois Legislature Feb 6, 2013

Pat Quinn: Same rights for same-sex couples as heterosexual couples

Gov. Quinn believe the committed relationships of same-sex couples deserve the same basic recognition rights that are currently extended to married heterosexual couples--including the right to act as next of kin, the right to assist their partners in times of emergency, the right to equal health insurance and other employment benefits, and the right to equal treatment in property and inheritance. Gov. Quinn will work actively with the Legislature to assure fairness and equal justice under our laws.
Source: 2010 Gubernatorial website quinnforillinois.com, "Issues" Nov 2, 2010

Alexi Giannoulias: Repeal DOMA; make all civil marriages equal

Currently, Americans in same-sex relationships are denied inheritance rights, hospital visitation rights, equal pension and health care benefits, and all of the other legal protections that the government grants married couples.
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, AlexiForIllinois.com, "Issues" Dec 25, 2009

Alexi Giannoulias: Narrow the pay disparity for women

Despite decades of progress, women working full time make only 78 cents for every one dollar earned by men for the same job, while working mothers earn just 69 cents to that dollar.
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, AlexiForIllinois.com, "Issues" Dec 25, 2009

Steven Sauerberg: Hired Log Cabin Republicans as press secretary

Sauerberg stunned social conservatives last week when he announced the addition of a homosexual rights activist as his campaign’s new press secretary. Christopher Barron was point man for the Log Cabin Republicans in their 2004 campaign against the effor to add a federal marriage amendment to the Constitution.

“It is inconceivable that Sauerberg would so needlessly alienate the pro-family conservative base by hiring a veteran homosexual activist,” said the founder of Republicans For Family Values.

Source: 2008 Illinois Senate Debate: Illinois Review interview Mar 31, 2008

Alan Keyes: Gay marriage invalid because gay couples cannot reproduce

Q: [to Keyes]: You’ve criticized homosexuality throughout your career. What would you say to your child if he or she were a homosexual?

KEYES: Marriage is based upon heterosexual relations because they are connected to procreation. Where procreation is impossible, marriage is irrelevant. And that is the civic explanation against homosexual marriage. It is irrelevant. And the idea that one should have legislation that is regulating private friendships for no reason is a degrading of those friendships.

OBAMA: Well, to answer the original question, I would love that child and seek to support them. I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman but I detest the bashing and vilifying of gays and lesbians. Most gays and lesbians are seeking basic recognition of their rights so they’re not discriminated against in employment or renting a house, so they can see their partner in a hospital. These are rights for everybody, not just some people.

Source: Illinois Senate Debate #3: Barack Obama vs. Alan Keyes Oct 21, 2004

Barack Obama: Gays should not face discrimination but should not marry

Q: [to Keyes]: You’ve criticized homosexuality throughout your career. What would you say to your child if he or she were a homosexual?

KEYES: Marriage is based upon heterosexual relations because they are connected to procreation. Where procreation is impossible, marriage is irrelevant. And that is the civic explanation against homosexual marriage. It is irrelevant. And the idea that one should have legislation that is regulating private friendships for no reason is a degrading of those friendships.

OBAMA: Well, to answer the original question, I would love that child and seek to support them. I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman but I detest the bashing and vilifying of gays and lesbians. Most gays and lesbians are seeking basic recognition of their rights so they’re not discriminated against in employment or renting a house, so they can see their partner in a hospital. These are rights for everybody, not just some people.

Source: Illinois Senate Debate #3: Barack Obama vs. Alan Keyes Oct 21, 2004

Barack Obama: Defend freedom and equality under law

As a civil rights attorney and professor of constitutional law, Obama has a keen understanding and deep appreciation of our nation’s core values and guiding principles. Obama will be a fierce defender of the fundamental American values of freedom and equality under law.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website, ObamaForIllinois.com May 2, 2004

Rodney Davis: No affirmative action

Source: Illinois State 1996 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1996

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