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Springfield – How to Get By When Your Community Betrays You

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Chance HeltonOn Tuesday, Springfield, Mo., had a very important vote. Sadly, the residents of Missouri’s third-largest city decided that GLBTQ people no longer deserved the right to be protected by antidiscrimination laws.

I, however, had no idea that the vote was going to turn out that way. I was in shock; the news hit me like a brick right between the eyes. How was it possible for so many people to be so filled with hate and fear that they thought such a step backward would ever be a good thing?

Lots of information floating around made me angry, from blatant lies about restroom safety to local churches pressing their members to vote to rescind the recently enacted ordinance that protected LGBT people in matters of housing, employment, and public accomodations. There is a desolate feeling in my heart when my community turns its back on me, leaving me stranded and worried for my safety and livelihood, and it’s unbearable.

Authored By Chance Helton – See the Full Story at The Advocate

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Springfield, Missouri Repeals LGBT Rights With Heartbreaking 51.4% Vote

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Springfield, MissouriThe religious right has it figured out – put LGBT rights repeals on the ballot in special elections, and they can turn-out enough people to get them off the books. It happened again in Springfield, Missouri yesterday:

Voters in Springfield, Missouri today repealed protections for LGBT citizens which were added by the City Council to the city’s non-discrimination ordinance last October, KY3 reports: With all the votes tallied, about 51.4 percent of the voters on Tuesday said they wanted to repeal the City Council’s action, while 48.6 percent wanted to retain it. The raw numbers are 15,347 people voted “yes” to repeal the anti-discrimination ordinance and 14,493 people voted “no” to keep it on the books. For a brief time on Tuesday night, when about 60 percent of the precincts were counted, the “no repeal” votes had a slim lead over the “yes, repeal” votes. As more precincts were counted, however, the “yes” votes went back on top.

They did it with the same pack of lies that has worked elsewhere, using scary lines about men using women’s bathrooms. It just makes me crazy to see these hateful lies used again and again, and even more to see that they work.

USA, Illinois: A Day after the Marriage Equality Rally, a Smaller Crowd Gathers to Oppose Measure

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Illinois mapJust a day after of to 5000 marriage equality supporters gathered in Springfield to push for vote on the bill, about 2,500 Christians dissented on the Capital to push for its defeat.

Edge Boston reports:

Busloads of gay-marriage opponents held their own rally outside the Capitol Wednesday, pledging to reverse any headway in the push for state legislation that would allow same-sex weddings. Pastors, Christian activists and others addressed a crowd clustered on the first floor of the Capitol rotunda, some peering down from the second and third floor rails, a day after gay-marriage proponents held their own event to urge lawmakers to approve it. “Are we going to stay silent and let this happen?” Christian activist Jim Finnegan asked the crowd. “Defend Marriage Lobby Day” — sponsored by the Illinois Family Institute began Wednesday with a morning prayer service outside the state Capitol. The secretary of state’s police put number of attendees at 2,500 — slightly smaller than the estimate from Tuesday’s event.

It still uncertain whether the marriage equality bill will be brought up for a vote during the veto session.

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USA, Illinois: Thousands Rally For Marriage Equality In Springfield; Will There Be a Vote?

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Illinois B&B ComplaintThousands of people rallied for marriage equality in Springfield yesterday.

Chicago Pride reports:

Thousand of marriage rights advocates and allies braved the cold rain to rally outside the Illinois state Capitol as part of the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality, an event to mark the first day of the fall veto session. Tuesday’s rally and march was part of a broad grassroots strategy to secure final passage of the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act (SB-10), which cleared the Illinois Senate on Feb. 14, but stalled in the House on May 31. “This is our hour, this is our moment,” Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn told the record-breaking crowd. “We need love to sign a marriage equality law and I’ll sign it as quickly as possible.”

Will there be a vote in the house on the measure during the upcoming veto session?

Buzzfeed reports:

Fast approaching petition deadlines to run in the 2014 primary elections and major fiscal issues the state faces, like pension reform, are keeping some lawmakers from committing to a ‘yes’ vote for the bill, which needs at least 60 votes to pass if it is amended to take effect next summer. “The holdup solely revolves around peoples’ personal interests in being reelected as opposed to representing the families — all the families — of the state of Illinois,” Rep. Sam Yingling (D-Round Lake Beach), a cosponsor of the bill, told BuzzFeed. “There are legitimately scheduling issues at this time, but there is also a contingent of members who again are wanting to put reelection bids ahead of what needs to be done for the people,” Yingling said. “My personal belief is that the votes are there and that they will be there when [the bill] hits the board.”

If you live in Illinois, now is the time to call your legislator.

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USA, Illinois: New Poll Shows Majority Support for Marriage Equality on Eve of March

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Marriage equality news just keeps rolling in. We have a new poll out of Illinois which shows strong support for the pending marriage equality bill there.

Chicago Pride reports:

A new statewide poll released Monday–just one day before the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality–shows a dramatic majority of registered likely voters support for the freedom to marry in Illinois. titleA strong majority of 52 percent of Illinois voters support legalizing marriage for gay and lesbian couples, and the figure grew to 54 percent support when pollsters shared information about the summer’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned federal restrictions against recognizing same-sex marriages.

The new poll comes out days before the planned veto session, and on the eve of a planned rally in Springfield for marriage equality.

The Daily Illini reports:

Organizations and allies in support of Illinois marriage equality have scheduled a march in Springfield for Oct. 22 in order to coincide with the Illinois State Legislature’s opening day of the fall veto session. The March in Springfield for Marriage Equality is meant to be a push for marriage equality in the state of Illinois. Participants are hoping for the same-sex marriage bill, SB 10, to be passed by the House. “For me, it’s both about showing support for marriage equality and a chance for the movement and its allies to come together for public support,” said Tracy Baim, co-chair and co-founder of the event. “It’s really about coming together to reinspire and re-energize people for the work ahead.”

Will the victory in New Jersey today light a fire under Illinois lawmakers?

USA, Illinois: March on Springfield Planned for Marriage Equality

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

March on SpringfieldMarriage equality advocates are planning a march on Springfield for gay marriage in October. GoPride reports:

Equal marriage advocates today announced a “March on Springfield for Marriage Equality” for Tuesday, October 22, 2013, the scheduled first day of the fall veto session of the Illinois state legislature. A majority of Illinoisans support marriage equality. The “March on Springfield” is part of a broad grassroots strategy to secure final passage of Senate Bill 10, the “Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act.”

If you live in Illinois, mark your calendars for October 22nd.

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Illinois, USA: House Committee Vote on Marriage Equality Next Week; Opponents Rally

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

IllinoisThe Illinois House Executive Committee has scheduled debate on the state’s proposed marriage equality bill for February 26th, on the heels of Senate passage of the bill on Valentine’s Day, Gay Star News reports:

The next step in the path to Illinois becoming the 10th state in the US to make gay marriage legal will come next Tuesday (26 February) when it is to be considered by the House Executive Committee. The committee is comprised of seven Democrats and four Republicans. At least six of the members must vote in favor of sending the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act to the full House for a vote.

Meanwhile, conservatives gathered in Springfield to protest the bill:

“We want to send a very clear and strong message to our state lawmakers that this is not acceptable,” said David Smith, director of the Illinois Family Institute, which sponsored Wednesday’s rally. “Redefining marriage is not acceptable. The state does not have the moral authority to change the definition that God created.” An estimated 3,000 people, sporting bright yellow buttons that read “One Man, One Woman,” participated in the rally.

Just 3,000 people? Puerto Rico could really show these guys how an anti-gay protest is done, where they had 200,000 people show up.

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Rippon-Kinsella House, Springfield, Illinois

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Rippon-Kinsella House, Springfield, IllinoisThe Rippon-Kinsella House is a Victorian Bed & Breakfast Inn in Springfield, Illinois, on a quiet, tree-lined neighborhood.

We’re within easy walking distance of Oak Ridge Cemetery and Lincoln’s Tomb, and our Springfield B&B is just ten minutes from downtown and the other Lincoln sites and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Dana-Thomas house.

The Rippon-Kinsella house is the perfect place to host your wedding – a beautiful, historic 140 year old mansion with beautiful grounds and gardens.

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Missouri, USA: Scott Lively Brings Message of Hate to Springfield

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Scott Lively Brings Message of Hate to Springfield, Missouri“Preacher” Scott Lively hates gay people so much he traveled from his home in Springfield, Mass. to Springfield, Mo. to urge the city council there to reject a proposed nondiscrimination ordinance.

Lively runs the Abiding Truth Ministries, which has used lies to inflame antigay hate in Uganda and led to the proposed “Kill Gays” bill that includes incredibly severe punishments for homosexual acts.

Authored By Beal Broverman- See the Full Story at The Advocate

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IL: Man Sues to Overturn Springfield Health Benefits Decision

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Springfield, IL Health Benefits and Civil UnionsA lawsuit has been filed by Bruce Rushton, a reporter for the Illinois Times, claiming that the Springfield Joint Labor/Management Health Care Committee voted to grant health benefits to couples in civil unions. Rushton claims that the Committee violated the Open Meetings Act. He hopes to have the decision by the committee declared void.

The Civil Rights Agenda stated in a press release:

The Civil Rights Agenda is currently working with members of the Springfield City Council and other allies to determine the best course of action. The Civil Rights Agenda’s Legal Council confirms that the Committee meeting, held in private with no notice to the public, could in fact be a violation of the Open Meetings Act. While it is unfortunate that this may impede the enforcement of civil union health benefits that should be granted to Springfield city employees, The Civil Rights Agenda must address the larger issues of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and access to decision-making bodies acting on behalf of the public, which is addressed under the Open Meetings Act.

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