Pro-marriage Illinois politicians replaced after opposing Pat Brady’s support for the redefinition of marriage
Lambda Legal: “Yesterday, in the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Urbana Division, Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit on behalf of Naya Taylor, a transgender woman denied medical care after she requested hormone replacement therapy.”
BuzzFeed: “Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn this past week ordered the state’s national guard to recognize any marriages of same-sex couples performed in the state, BuzzFeed has learned.”
Chicago Sun-Times: “The measure, proposed by Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, lost on a 44-51 roll call despite her plea to colleagues to stop gay, bisexual and transgender teens 17 and under from being ‘horribly and humiliatingly abused.’”
Cardinal Newman Society: “Dr. Howell asked friends for their advice, and one of them suggested that he contact Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). Once ADF got involved and contacted the University, Dr. Howell was reinstated to teach during the next school year.”
RLUIPA Defense: “In an important decision for municipal officials across the country, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, in American Islamic Center v. City of Des Plaines, No. 13-C-6594 (N.D. Ill. 2014), ruled that city council members alleged to have discriminated against an Islamic organization in its application to rezone certain property are entitled to absolute legislative immunity.”
Religion Clause: “In Ivanov v. Notzkov, 2014 Ill. App. Unpub. LEXIS 577 (IL App., March 25, 2014), an Illinois Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s reliance on the ecclesiastical abstention doctrine in dismissing a lawsuit between two factions of St. John of Rila Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church.”
Washington Post: “When the Illinois state House passed a bill to legalize gay marriage last fall, just three out of 47 Republicans voted for it. On Tuesday, none of them lost.”
Chicago Tribune: “Marriage licenses for same-sex couples will not be issued in Kane County before June 1, despite urging by the state’s attorney general on Tuesday for clerks statewide to issue licenses earlier, the county clerk said today.”
Associated Press: “Attorney General Lisa Madigan is telling Illinois’ county clerks they have the right to immediately issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.”
Cardinal Newman Society: “In light of the Illinois law legalizing same-sex marriage which is scheduled to go into effect in June of this year, Loyola University Chicago announced that it has changed its policies to allow only Catholic weddings on campus.”
Reuters: “Same-sex couples in Illinois’ Cook County, which includes the city of Chicago, can wed immediately and do not have to wait to tie the knot until a new state law legalizing gay marriage takes effect in June, a federal judge ruled on Friday.” | Decision is here.
OneNewsNow: “Noel Sterrett, one of nearly 2,300 allied attorneys with ADF, explains the issue. ‘Pregnant women are better served when they are fully informed,’ he says. ‘We hope that the court’s opinion last year, which expressly recognizes a woman’s right to choose life and be fully informed about her pregnancy, is a rational ruling that everyone can support regardless of their opinion on abortion.’”
Paxton Record: “After the passage of Senate Bill 10 legalizing same-sex marriage, effective June 1, 2014, there were protections put in place for churches but not for other facilities associated with the church. Harms said his legislation, House Bill 4263, is necessary to ensure that religious organizations are not statutorily forced to go against their faith.”
“A legal settlement finalized Wednesday ensures that a mobile pregnancy center can operate freely within the city of Elgin. A federal court found a city zoning code unconstitutional in August of last year after city officials used it to shut down access to free pregnancy information and services offered to young women through the mobile ultrasound facility.”
The News-Gazette: “For almost two years, Jim Walder has not allowed civil-union ceremonies at his bed-and-breakfast near Paxton. And come June, same-sex weddings will be next on the list of activities to be legally recognized in Illinois, yet banned at the TimberCreek Bed & Breakfast.”
Dave Ross at MyNorthwest.com: But his students supported him, he appealed his dismissal as a violation of free speech, and after a lawsuit threat from the Alliance Defense Fund, the university reinstated him. And he wasn’t alone – there have been several cases of educators being fired for appearing to be critical of homosexual behavior.
Illinois Family Action: An Associated Press report claiming that the challenge to Illinois House incumbents who voted for marriage redefinition has fizzled is utterly misleading.
“Lambda Legal And ACLU Of Illinois Expedite Marriage For Same-sex Couples Facing Urgent Medical Circumstances”
Lambda Legal: Today, a federal court ordered the Cook County Clerk’s office to immediately issue marriage licenses to all Illinois same-sex couples who, because of a life-threatening illness, cannot wait until next summer to get married.
Thomas More Society: At noon on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, the Springfield Nativity Scene Committee (SNSC) will unveil its annual display depicting the newborn Christ Child, lying in a manger inside a handcrafted wooden stable. For the sixth year in a row, the crèche will stand in the center of the Illinois State Capitol Rotunda, next to the Governor’s “Holiday Tree.”
KRCU.org: Seven months before Illinois’ same-sex marriage law goes into effect, a judge ruled Monday that two Chicago women can marry immediately because one of them has terminal cancer.
State-Journal Register: “A lot of business owners are asserting their constitutional rights,” said James Campbell, with the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian law group . . . “This isn’t about hate. I don’t know any Christian who does,” said attorney Jason Craddock who represents the owners of Timber Creek Bed and Breakfast in Paxton. “We don’t want to cause anyone pain. It’s about our faith and it’s out of love too, but we don’t believe that giving into something that our faith tells us is wrong.”
LifeNews: But four Republican lawmakers haven’t co-sponsored the bill either. They include: Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), Sen. Dean Heller (Nevada), Sen. Mark Kirk (Illinois), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska).
USCCB Subcommittee Chairman Decries Marriage Redefinition And Misuse Of Pope Francis’ Words In Illinois
USCCB: Calls redefining marriage a serious injustice. Decries manipulation of Pope Francis’s words. Says every child deserves a mother and a father.
Illinois Review: Governor Pat Quinn plans to sign Illinois gay marriage into law on President Abraham Lincoln’s law office desk Wednesday afternoon in Chicago. Word is taxpayers are shipping the historical piece from Springfield to Chicago at the governor’s request.
Cheryl Wetzstein at Washington Times (includes video): s Illinois becomes the 16th state to approve gay marriage at a public signing ceremony set for Wednesday, the political trench warfare over same-sex unions may be facing a watershed moment: Illinois is the last state where gay-marriage advocates have an advantage in both the governor’s office and statehouse, and defenders of traditional marriage say the political playing field will be far more level in the remaining 34 states in the years ahead.
BND.com: “A lot of business owners are asserting their constitutional rights,” said James Campbell, with the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian law group. Currently in Illinois, a complaint over civil unions — which Illinois allowed in 2011 — is pending before the Illinois Human Rights Coalition. The owners of a central Illinois bed and breakfast refused to perform a civil union for a same-sex couple that same year. “This isn’t about hate. I don’t know any Christian who does,” said attorney Jason Craddock who represents the owners of Timber Creek Bed and Breakfast in Paxton. “We don’t want to cause anyone pain. It’s about our faith and it’s out of love too, but we don’t believe that giving into something that our faith tells us is wrong.” Craddock has argued that the owners don’t have the ability to perform civil unions for any couple and that such events aren’t a public accommodation and would violate the owners’ religious rights under the First Amendment and a state religious freedom act.
LifeSiteNews: “It is scandalous that so many Catholic politicians are responsible for enabling the passage of this legislation and even twisting the words of the pope to rationalize their actions despite the clear teaching of the church,” he said. “All politicians now have the moral obligation to work for the repeal of this sinful and objectionable legislation. We must pray for deliverance from this evil which has penetrated our state and our church.”
LifeSiteNews: Public libraries are taxpayer-funded areas where families can bring their children to read, socialize, and sometimes use the library’s computers. But according to local mom Megan Fox, in Orland Park, Illinois, the public library is also a haven for sex offenders and pornography users.
Religion Clause Blog: The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago and The Episcopal Church last week filed a state court lawsuit claiming that property held by or for parishes and missions of the break-away Anglican Diocese of Quincy may only be used for the benefit of The Episcopal Church. (Press release). The complaint (full text) in The Episcopal Church v. Morales . . .
Real Clear Religionhttp://www.realclearreligion.org/articles/2013/11/06/the_end_of_religious_liberty.html: It’s all good, lawmakers assured faith groups and religious organizations. Your religious freedom is secure. Where have we heard that before? How about three years ago, when Illinois lawmakers promised during floor debate on civil unions legislation that no faith-based social service organizations would be affected. But within six months of civil unions becoming law, all Catholic Charities in the state were pushed out of their longtime mission of caring for abused, abandoned, and neglected children.
Religion Clause Blog: The House vote, after adding one amendment to the Senate bill, was 61-54 with 2 abstentions. The Senate then quickly approved the bill as amended by a vote of 32-21. Gov. Pat Quinn has said he will sign the bill.
St. Louis Today: The Illinois House has passed passed a measure legalizing same-sex marriage in the state. The bill now returns to the Senate to concur with amendments. The Senate has already passed the measure once, in February, and is expected to pass it again. Senate leadership announced in an email it will take up the bill at 5 p.m. today.
Chicago Tribune: The bill will need 60 votes to pass the Illinois House. A test vote involving an amendment to the bill got 59 votes this afternoon. The vote is expected to be close.
USA Today: In a joint release DePauw University and Wabash College said they have joined Freedom Indiana, a bipartisan grassroots coalition working to defeat the ban scheduled to be considered in the Indiana General Assembly early next year.
CBS: With an expected vote on same-sex marriage in Springfield next week, African-American clergy members campaigning against the issue are threatening to unseat lawmakers who vote in favor, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.
Peter Wallsten at Washington Post: Leading the charge was the Rev. James T. Meeks, the politically savvy pastor of the sprawling Salem Baptist Church in Chicago, who taped robocalls expressing his opposition to gay marriage and connecting thousands of black constituents to their local legislators . . . Irritation was growing in the African American caucus. Some circulated lists showing how campaign contributions from gay donors had historically flowed only to white Democrats, yet now they were supposed to go against powerful constituents in their home districts. Some expressed frustration that they were being asked to take a stand on gay marriage while little was being done to curb gun violence and poverty in their embattled neighborhoods.
Lambda Legal: Today, Lambda Legal filed a complaint on behalf of Steven White and Matthew McCrea, a gay couple who were unlawfully refused service and forced to exit a Sun Taxi operated taxi-cab after they exchanged a kiss.
Religious Liberty and SSM: A Response to Concerns in Illinois | Dale Carpenter at the Volokh Conspiracy
Dale Carpenter at the Volokh Conspiracy: Healthcare professionals, lawyers, policymakers, and reproductive health advocates are gathering today in Washington, D.C. to testify on emergency contraception restrictions in Latin America, specifically in Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru and Honduras. The Center for Reproductive Rights is a lead presenter at the hearing hosted at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights—the main human rights monitoring body for the Americas.
Lambda Legal: Today, Lambda Legal filed a complaint on behalf of Steven White and Matthew McCrea, a gay couple who were unlawfully refused service and forced to exit a Sun Taxi operated taxi-cab after they exchanged a kiss.
State-Journal Register: Praying the rosary for marriage equality is “blasphemous,” Paprocki said in a statement. “It is blasphemy to show disrespect or irreverence to God or to something holy . . .
PBS: Joining me now to outline what’s happening is David Crary. He reports on social issues and policies as a national writer at the Associated Press.
KGW.com (AP): Efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania and New Jersey help illustrate similar situations happening across the country in the months since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down parts of a federal law that restricted the rights of gay couples. A sampling of efforts in key states . . .
ABC: The gay marriage issue is heating up again as lawmakers return to Springfield next week. Well-known African American ministers have used the pulpit and other means to strongly oppose gay marriage in Illinois. On Thursday, a different group of black ministers came together to urge the house to pass the law. It’s a battle between the ministers, specifically African-American clergy.
Chicago Sun-Times: Illinois Treasurer candidate state Sen. Mike Frerichs (D-Champaign) is calling on his Republican challenger to support same-sex marriage.
Jocelyn Floyd at Chicago Trubune: The answer is found in the very next line of the childhood rhyme I quoted above. “Then comes the baby in the baby carriage.” Simply put, marriage is for the children. The existence of society depends on children. Without children, we have no future. The formal institution of marriage is based on the biological fact that reproduction requires a man and a woman — and the reality that children need both a mother and a father. This institution predates government.
Traditional Marriage Well Represented at Chicago Tribune’s “Marriage Equality” Panel Event | Thomas More Society
Springfield News Sun: The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Ohio filed a complaint Tuesday in U.S. District Court alleging that a local religious community organization fired a Springfield woman last year after she became pregnant.
Liberty Counsel: Today, Liberty Counsel and the Village of Plainfield reached a settlement of the federal lawsuit filed by Liberty Counsel after Plainfield unconstitutionally rejected Liberty Counsel’s application for use of town facilities.
“Some Businesses Balk at Gay Weddings: Photographers, Bakers Face Legal Challenges After Rejecting Jobs on Religious Grounds” | WSJ
Nathan Koppel And Ashby Jones at Wall Street Journal: The couple declined to discuss the case. Jordan Lorence, their lawyer, said he would appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. “Americans are now on notice that the price of doing business is their freedom,” he said . . . “There are plenty of florists who could provide arrangements for same-sex weddings,” said her lawyer, Dale Schowengerdt. “The state has no good reason to cause my client to violate her own conscience.”
Bloomberg BusinessWeek: After then-California Attorney General Jerry Brown and his successor, Kamala Harris, both Democrats, refused to defend Proposition 8, the initiative banning gay marriage in that state, the Scottsdale, Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom took the case. The Supreme Court ruled its client, a group that sponsored the proposition, couldn’t stand in for the state, because it hadn’t suffered a particular injury. [also posted at Newsmax]
The Courier News: U.S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan has issued an order denying the city of Elgin’s request to delay proceedings in a lawsuit TLC Pregnancy Services has filed against the city.
Religion Clause Blog: Puskar v. Krco, (IL App., Sept. 23, 2013), involves a complicated dispute over whether or not the Serbian Orthodox Metropolitanante of New Gracanica Diocese of the United States and Canada reunited with the Serbian Orthodox Church based in Belgrade, Serbia.
Jewish Press: The American Islamic Center, a Bosnian Muslim congregation filed a federal lawsuit Monday against the city of Des Plaines, Il. and five of its aldermen, for violated its religious freedom when they denied it permission to convert a vacant office building into a mosque, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Illinois Review: Bishop Thomas Paprocki is not the kind of Catholic leader who minces words. The prelate, who presides over the Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, warns that anti-Christian bigotry in the U.S. is on the rise and that the media is to blame.
AP: After their efforts to legalize gay marriage fizzled in Illinois this year, advocates gave their campaign a serious makeover: They called on unions, focused longer-term and recalibrated their message by using personal stories instead of civil rights comparisons.
LifeNews: They are too much, much too young to even be thinking about sex and sexual acts at their age are the worst form of pedophilia, but Chicago public schools think little boys and girls in kindergarten are ready for sex ed classes.
Today, DuPage County Judge Paul Fullerton dismissed a zoning lawsuit against the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Aurora, Illinois, brought by Thomas More Society attorneys on behalf of local residents and a community group, Fox Valley Families Against Planned Parenthood.
“Cardinal George hopes gay marriage is blocked, says pope’s remarks were misinterpreted” | Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times: “If they had the votes, they would have passed it already,” the cardinal said of gay-marriage supporters in response to my assertion that it’s only a matter of time at this point before a law is passed.
Chicago Tribune: Pat Brady, who was forced out as chairman of the state Republican Party after backing gay marriage legislation, said Tuesday he has been retained by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois to lobby GOP state legislators to back the bill.
NBCNews: Forty men who put their sperm on ice because cancer or other illnesses threatened to leave them infertile are suing a Chicago hospital after a freezer malfunction robbed many of them of the chance to have biological children, their lawyer said Wednesday.
ABC: Forty separate lawsuits – one for each of the patients whose sperm samples were allegedly destroyed while stored in a chamber owned by Northwestern Memorial Hospital – were filed Tuesday.
Townhall: “Women deserve access to the help they need for themselves and their unborn children without undue interference from the government,” ADF Senior Counsel Steven Aden said. “Life Center’s free services help both the city and its citizens, so the city’s actions have been both counterproductive and unconstitutional.”
Alan Sears at Alliance Defending Freedom: To those who work and pray for an end to abortion and – ultimately – a reversal of Roe v. Wade, nothing means more than tangible proof that God is really using the efforts of Alliance Defending Freedom and its allies to restore a deeper respect for life in our nation. Happily, this month has already brought two clear evidences of the difference your gifts and support are enabling us to make in winning back America’s legal culture for you and your family:
Allied attorney John Mauck of Mauck & Baker, LLC appeared on “A Closer Look” With Sheila Liaugminas to discuss this: Court Order Allows Mobile Pregnancy Center To Roll On. | MP3 audio 12:24 mins
If its about choice, why fight informed consent laws? | Steve Aden on “A Closer Look” with Sheila Liaugminas
Steve Aden appeared on “A Closer Look” with Sheil Liaugminas to discuss this: Court order allows mobile pregnancy center to roll on. | MP3 audio 10:06 mins
Federal Judge Rules City Can’t Thwart Mobile Ultrasound’s Efforts to ‘Save Lives of Unborn Children’ | Christian News Network
Christian News Network: Alliance Defending Freedom, which has been working with Mauck & Baker on the case, says that it is pleased with the ruling. “Women deserve access to the help they need for themselves and their unborn children without undue interference from the government,” remarked Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden. “The court was right to stop the City of Elgin from preventing women in need from obtaining free ultrasounds and health information. Life Center’s free services help both the city and its citizens, so the city’s actions have been both counterproductive and unconstitutional.”
Alliance Defending Freedom at Life News: “Government officials shouldn’t waste taxpayer money to restrict the access young women have to free pregnancy services,” said Mauck & Baker attorney Noel W. Sterett, one of nearly 2,300 allied attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom. “The court has done what is best for pregnant women and their unborn babies who benefit from TLC’s free services. This zoning law appears to have had no purpose other than to unconstitutionally block those services to the detriment of the women of Elgin and the surrounding area.”
A federal court declared a city of Elgin zoning code unconstitutional Thursday after city officials used it to shut down access to free pregnancy information and services offered to young women through a mobile ultrasound facility.
Chicago Tribune: A Cook County Circuit Court judge heard oral arguments Tuesday on a motion to dismiss a challenge to Illinois’ same-sex marriage ban, with attorneys sparring over ideal child-rearing circumstances and gender stereotypes, among other issues.