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ACTION ALERT: IL Marriage Equality Bill Missing Votes from Representatives Who Won’t Evolve #lgbt #marriageequality

April 3, 2013
Fighting for LGBT Equality in Illinois

Fighting for LGBT Equality in Illinois

If it passes in the House, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act will go to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has vowed to sign the bill. However, several representatives have failed to either recognize the need for equality, failed to evolved on understanding the difficulties of their state’s minority population, or in some cases funded by anti-LGBT hate groups.

LGBT activists are pressing supporters of the bill to reach out to their lawmakers to support equality of marriage and equal human rights.  There are roughly 33 Democrats and 46 Republicans who either don’t feel equality or an end to minority suppression is an issue for themselves or their constituents.

Below is a list of Negative Nellie’s who currently don’t support the human rights of their minority constituents or are influenced by hate money.

If you’re not sure who your lawmaker is, here’s a link to the Illinois board of elections interactive map.  If your representative is a RED candidate, take a few minutes to personally call him and tell him to support the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act.

Representatives in the way of being on the right side of history!

Dist. 3, Luis Arroyo (D): Arroyo could be top priority for activists trying to pick up extra votes. He voted for the bill in committee to help it get to the House floor. But, he said, he doesn’t think he can bring himself to vote “yes” on the bill during the full House vote. Springfield office: (217) 782-0480.

Dist. 10, Derrick Smith (D): Smith is under federal indictment for alleged bribery. He returns to office after this winter after his colleagues expelled him from office over the indictment, and voters then re-elected him. He was not endorsed by Equality Illinois in 2012. Springfield office: (217) 782-8077.

Dist. 15, John D’Amico (D): D’Amico voted against civil unions in 2010, Equality Illinois did not endorse him in 2012. Springfield office: (217) 782-8198.

Dist. 20, Michael McAuliffe (R): McAuliffe voted against civil unions in 2010 and has indicated he would do the same if marriage equality were brought to a vote. “I will not support the legalization of gay marriage in Illinois,” he said in a Daily Herald candidate questionnaire. But sources indicate that McAuliffe may not be more open to a “yes” vote than others. Springfield office: (217) 782-8182.

Dist. 21, Silvana Tabares (D): This journalist-turned-lawmaker is new to office. She was not endorsed by Equality Illinois last year. Springfield office: (217) 782-7752.

Dist. 27, Monique Davis (D): Davis voted for civil unions in 2010 and was endorsed by Equality Illinois. But sources indicate that her vote should not be taken for granted. Springfield office: (217) 782-0010.

Dist. 32, Andre. Thapedi (D): Thapedi voted for civil unions, and Equality Illinois endorsed him. In September, however, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that when asked if he supports gay marriage, Thapedi said, “I am uncertain of the query.” Springfield office: (217) 782-1702.

Dist. 33, Marcus C. Evans, Jr. (D): Evans took office in 2012 and was not endorsed by Equality Illinois. Springfield office: (217) 782-8272.

Dist. 35, Frances Ann Hurley (D): Hurley ran for office without an endorsement from Equality Illinois. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Hurley said she “was leaning toward yes for gay marriage.” District office: (773) 445-8128.

Dist. 36, Kelly Burke (D): Burke took office in 2011. Equality Illinois did not endorse her. On a Chicago Sun-Times questionnaire, Burke dodged the question. “The citizens of the 36th District are worried about paying their mortgage, funding their children’s education and making ends meet. I don’t believe this issue is high on the radar of the citizens of my district,” she said. Springfield office: (217) 782-0515.

Dist. 37, Renee Kosel (R): Kosel was a “no” on civil unions, and she ran without an Equality Illinois endorsement. Kosel voted against the bill in committee. Springfield office: (217) 782-0424.

Dist. 41, Darlene Senger (R): Senger voted “no” on civil unions two years ago, but supporters hope that LGBT people and their allies will press her to vote yes, regardless. Springfield office: (217) 782-6507.

Dist. 42, Jeanne Ives (R): Ives is against same-sex marriage. “I am not in favor of gay marriage,” she told Wheaton Patch. “Illinois has a DOMA statute that properly prohibits the marriage between two people of the same sex.” Springfield office: (217) 558-1037.

Dist. 44, Fred Crespo (D): Crespo backed civil unions in 2010 but was not endorsed by Equality Illinois in 2012. Crespo’s skirted the question on his Daily Herald candidate questionnaire, stating, “I support civil rights for all people and oppose discrimination based on sexual orientation. However, when I talk to local voters, they are more concerned about the recent increases in property taxes, eliminating wasteful spending and creating jobs. That is where I feel I must direct my energy, attention and efforts.” Springfield office: (217) 782-0347.

Dist. 45, Dennis Reboletti (R): Reboletti did not support civil unions and said he does not support same-sex marriage, according to the Daily Herald. Springfield office: (217) 782-4014.

Dist. 47, Patti Bellock (R): Bellock was among a group of lawmakers that filed a court document against the marriage equality lawsuits. Bellock voted against civil unions. Springfield office: (217) 782-1448.

Dist. 48, Sandra Pihos (R): In a letter to a Windy City Times reader, Pihos said she would vote against the bill because the vast majority of her constituents are against the measure. Pihos voted against civil unions in 2010. Springfield office: (217) 782-8037.

Dist. 49, Mike Fortner (R): Fortner voted against civil unions and was not endorsed by Equality Illinois. Springfield office: (217) 782-1653.

Dist. 50, Kay Hatcher (R): Hatcher’s stance may be hard to pin down. In 2012, she dodged the question on a Yorkville Patch questionnaire, stating, “My personal philosophy is strongly fiscally conservative and socially moderate. Every person has to weigh for themselves the importance of each issue and how it affects their family.” That same year, she noted on her Daily Herald questionnaire that most of the constituents to contact her on the issue were opposed to the measure, but she did not state her own opinion. She did vote against civil unions. Springfield office: (217) 782-1486.

Dist. 51, Ed Sullivan, Jr. (R): Sullivan opposed civil unions and was not endorsed by Equality Illinois in 2012. Springfield office: (217) 782-3696.

Dist. 52, David McSweeney (R): McSweeney was endorsed by Illinois Family Action, the political arm of anti-gay group the Illinois Family Institute. Springfield office: (217) 782-1517.

Dist. 53, David Harris (R): Harris stated his views on equal marriage in a Chicago Sun-Times candidate questionnaire. “Current state law prohibits marriage between individuals of the same sex,” he said. “I support that law and I do not support same-sex marriage. I could consider supporting civil union legislation depending on how it is written and what it does.” Springfield office: (217) 782-3739.

Dist. 56, Michelle Mussman (D): Mussman stated on a Chicago Sun-Times questionnaire, “I would not support legislation permitting gay marriage. I would support legislation permitting civil unions.” But a Windy City Times reader and 56th Dist. resident said she believes Mussman supports the bill now. Mussman could not be immediately reached for comment. Springfield office: (217) 782-3725.

Dist. 57, Elaine Nekritz (D): Nekritz backed civil unions and was endorsed by Equality Illinois, but she did not state her stance on marriage in candidate questionnaires. Springfield office: (217) 558-1004.

Dist. 60, Rita Mayfield (D): Mayfield wants to vote, yes, she said. But her constituents have pressed her to vote “no.” She held a forum on the issue and most in attendance pressed her to vote “no.” She said she can’t bring herself to vote against the bill and will vote “present.”Springfield Office: (217) 558-1012.

Dist. 61, JoAnn Osmond (R): Osmond sponsored a bill that sought to reaffirm the state’s ban on same-sex marriage last year. She voted against civil unions in 2010. Springfield office: (217) 782-8151.

Dist. 63, Jack Franks (D): Franks voted for civil unions in 2010 but told the Daily Herald in an interview before that that he opposed same-sex marriage. He was also the target of a protest against the bill recently. According to Richard Small, a gay constituent, approximately 50-100 people demonstrated, urging him not to pass the bill. In 2012, he was not endorsed by Equality Illinois. Springfield office: (217) 782-1717.

Dist. 64, Barbara Wheeler (R): Wheeler believes marriage is a union between a man and a woman, she told the Daily Herald. Springfield office: (217) 782-1664.

Dist. 65, Timothy Schmitz (R): Schmitz was endorsed by Illinois Family Action, the political arm of anti-gay organization the Illinois Family Institute. Springfield office: (217) 782-5457.

Dist. 66, Michael Tryon (R): Tryon voted against the bill in committee. Springfield office: (217) 782-0432.

Dist. 67, Charles Jefferson (D): Jefferson voted against civil unions and was not endorsed by Equality Illinois in 2012. Springfield office: (217) 782-3167.

Dist. 68, John Cabello (R): Cabello, who took office in 2012, made headlines recently when he told voters at a Rockford Tea Party forum that he was against civil unions because they could lead to “other” things. “Now, and please bear with me,” Cabello said. “Does this now say that somebody can get married to their dog?” Springfield office: (217) 782-0455.

Dist. 69, Joe Sosnowski (R): Sosnowski voted against the bill in committee. Springfield office: (217) 782-0548.

Dist. 70, Robert Pritchard (R): Pritchard voted against civil unions and backed a bill reaffirming the ban on same-sex marriage last year. Springfield office: (217) 782-0425..

Dist. 72, Patrick Verschoore (D): Verschoore voted “no” on civil unions and was not endorsed by Equality Illinois. Springfield office: (217) 782-5970.

Dist. 73, David Leitch (R): Leitch voted against civil unions and was not endorsed by Equality Illinois in 2012. Springfield office: (217) 782-8108.

Dist. 74, Don Moffitt (R): KWQC news reported in December that Moffitt believes marriage should between a man and a woman. Springfield office: (217) 782-8032.

Dist. 75, Pam Roth (R): Last year, Roth was recommended by Illinois Family Action, the political arm of Illinois Family Institute, an anti-gay organization. Springfield office: (217) 782-5997.

Dist. 76, Frank Mautino (D): Mautino voted against civil unions and was not endorsed by Equality Illinois. Springfield office: (217) 782-0140.

Dist. 77, Kathleen Willis (D): Willis’ stance is not widely known, but Equality Illinois endorsed her Republican challenger Skip Saviano over her last year. Springfield office: (217) 782-3374.

Dist. 79, Katherine Cloonen (D): The Daily Journal reported in October that Cloonen was against gay marriage. District office: (815) 939-1983.

Dist. 80, Anthony DeLuca (D): DeLuca voted for civil unions and was endorsed by Equality Illinois. In March 2011, Chicago Heights Patch reported that DeLuca said he would oppose an equal marriage bill. “There is not a bill on that, but my vote would be ‘no,'” Patch quotes DeLuca saying. Springfield office: (217) 782-1719.

Dist. 81, Ron Sandack (R): “I do not favor moving beyond civil unions and know the majority of the people in my district agree,” Sandack told Naperville Patch. Springfield office: (217) 782-6578.

Dist. 82, Jim Durkin (R): Durkin voted “no” on civil unions and told Lemont Patch in a candidate questionnaire that he opposes gay marriage. Springfield office: (217) 782-0494.

Dist. 83, Linda Chapa LaVia (D): Chapa LaVia voted against civil unions and ran unendorsed by Equality Illinois. She is believed to be undecided. Springfield office: (217) 558-1002.

Dist. 84, Stephanie A Kifowit (D): Asked in Oswego Patch candidate questionnaire about same-sex marriage, Kifowit said she believes everyone should enjoy the same rights, but added, “I believe the intent behind Illinois’ recently enacted civil unions law has done just that.” She was not endorsed by Equality Illinois. Springfield office: (217) 782-8028.

Dist. 85, Emily McAsey (D): McAsey stated in her Chicago Sun-Times candidate questionnaire that gay marriage did not appear to be a priority for voters and that her focus was on other things. Springfield Office: (217) 782-4179.

Dist. 87, Rich Brauer (R): Brauer voted against civil unions and was not endorsed by Equality Illinois. Springfield office: (217) 782-0053.

Dist. 88, Keith Sommer (R): Sommer sponsored an anti-gay “Defense of Marriage” bill in August. Springfield office: (217) 782-0221.

Dist. 89, Jim Sacia (R): Sacia wrote on his website, “I will oppose same sex marriage.” Springfield office: (217) 782-8186.

Dist. 90, Tom Demmer (R): Illinois Family Action, the political arm of anti-gay organization the Illinois Family Institute, endorsed Demmer in 2012. Springfield office: (217) 782-0535.

Dist. 91, Michael Unes (R): Unes sponsored last summer’s “Defense of Marriage” bill, intended to reaffirm the Illinois ban on same-sex marriage. Springfield office: (217) 782-8152.

Dist. 93, Norine Hammond (R): In 2012, Hammond was recommended for office by Illinois Family Action, the political arm of anti-gay organization the Illinois Family Institute. Springfield office: (217) 782-0416.

Dist. 94, Jil Tracy (R): Tracy sponsored a bill last summer that sought to reaffirm the state’s ban on same-sex marriage with a constitutional amendment. Springfield office: (217) 782-8096.

Dist. 95, Wayne Rosenthal (R): Rosenthal sponsored a bill last year that aimed to reaffirm the ban on gay marriage. Springfield office: (217) 782-8071.

Dist. 96, Sue Scherer (D): According to the State Journal-Register, Scherer wants to give civil unions more time to “work through the system” before passing marriage. Springfield office: (217) 524-0353.

Dist. 97, Tom Cross (R): Cross voted “no” on civil unions and was not endorsed by Equality Illinois. Springfield office: (217) 782-1331.

Dist. 98, Natalie Manley (D): Manley’s views on same-sex marriage have not been widely publicized, and she dodged the question on a Patch.com candidate questionnaire. Equality Illinois did not endorse her in 2012. Springfield office: (217) 782-3316.

Dist. 99, Raymond Poe (R): Poe voted against civil unions in 2010. “It’s just a basic belief I have. I don’t think we need them (civil unions). Everybody has the same rights. There’s a lot of places where they get benefits,” Poe is quoted saying by the State Journal-Register. Springfield office: (217) 782-0044.

Dist. 100, C.D. Davidsmeyer (R): Davidsmeyer took office in 2012. His position on same-sex marriage has not been widely publicized. Springfield office: (217) 243-6221.

Dist. 101, Bill Mitchell (R): In 2004, Mitchell introduced a bill that sought to limit the definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman in the Illinois constitution. Windy City Times reported at the time that Mitchell’s bill “attempted to nullify existing laws, saying that ‘civil union, domestic partnership, or other similar same-sex relationship shall not be valid or recognized in Illinois.'” Springfield office: (217) 782-8163.

Dist. 102, Adam Brown (R): Brown took office in 2011 and ran in 2012 without the endorsement of Equality Illinois. Springfield office: (217) 782-8398.

Dist. 104, Chad Hays (R): Hays’ position has not been widely publicized. On his website he writes, “Chad is Pro-Life as well as a strong supporter of family values.” Springfield office: (217) 782-4811.

Dist. 105, Dan Brady (R): Brady voted against civil unions and was not endorsed by Equality Illinois. Springfield Office: (217) 782-1118.

Dist. 106, Josh Harms (R): The Pontiac Daily Leader reported in mid-January that Harms believes marriage should be between a man and a woman. Springfield office: (217) 558-1039.

Dist. 107, John Cavaletto (R): In 2006, the Mt. Vernon Register-News reported that Cavaletto said, “I am strongly opposed to gay rights for homosexuals and I support a Constitutional Amendment to ban gay marriage.” That same report notes that Cavaletto has a gay uncle. Cavaletto opposed civil unions in 2010 and backed an anti-gay “Defense of Marriage” bill in 2012. Springfield office: (217) 782-0066.

Dist. 108, Charles Meier (R): The Belleville News-Democratic reported this fall that Meier is against same-sex marriage. Springfield office: (217) 782-6401.

Dist. 109, David Reis (R): Reis was among a group of lawmakers to file a court document against two lawsuits that seek marriage equality in Illinois. Springfield office: (217) 782-2087.

Dist. 110, Brad Halbrook (R): Halbrook’s stance on marriage has not been widely publicized. He has conservative stances on abortion and gun control. Springfield office: (217) 558-1040.

Dist. 111, Daniel Beiser (D): Beiser voted against civil unions in 2010 and was not endorsed by Equality Illinois in 2012. WBGZ radio reported in January that Beiser did not support the marriage bill but did support a statewide referendum on the measure. Springfield office: (217) 782-5996.

Dist. 112, Dwight Kay (R): Kay was among a group of lawmakers to sponsor a bill re-affirming the state’s ban on same-sex marriage last year, after 25 LGBT couples sued Cook County for the right to marry. Springfield office: (217) 782-8018.

Dist. 113, Jay Hoffman (D): Hoffman voted for civil unions but was not endorsed by Equality Illinois two years later. The Belleville News-Democrat reported last October that Hoffman backed civil unions but opposed same-sex marriage. District office: (618) 394-2211.

Dist. 114, Eddie Lee Jackson, Sr. (D): Jackson voted against the bill in committee, making him the only Democrat to do so. Jackson voted “yes” on civil unions but was not endorsed by Equality Illinois last year. Springfield office: (217) 782-5951.

Dist. 115, Mike Bost (R): Bost voted against the bill in committee. He told KFVS News that he will oppose gay marriage. “We see many problems that can occur even with the civil unions that we’ve already dealt with. I’m afraid that gay marriage would step that up a bit,” said Bost. “It’s a bill that will be out there. Each one of us will vote our own conscience. I didn’t vote for civil unions and I won’t be voting for gay marriages.” Springfield Office: (217) 782-0387.

Dist. 116, Jerry Costello, II (D): NBC Chicago reported in October that Costello was against same-sex marriage. Springfield office: (217) 782-1018.

Dist. 117, John Bradley (D): Bradley vowed to oppose gay marriage in a statement to KFVS News. “I am not going to be supportive of it,” he said. “I didn’t support civil unions. And I don’t intend to support the gay marriage proposal. But I am sure this is going to be an ongoing battle for the State of Illinois.” Springfield office: (217) 782-1051.

Dist. 118, Brandon Phelps (D): Phelps is against same-sex marriage. Two years ago, he co-sponsored a constitutional amendment to limit marriage to a man and a woman. “This constitutional amendment will reinforce the values and beliefs that I feel encompass the sacred institution of marriage, and will help keep it strictly between one man and one woman here in the state of Illinois,” he said in a statement on his website. Springfield office: (217) 782-5131.

Courtesy: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/IL-marriage-vote-near-how-the-reps-stack-up/41867.html