All right... I didn't want to put this out there, because then it would be getting my hopes up. However, if you don't put something out into the universe, what business is it of the Universe's to give it to you, right? In that spirit...
Illinois House Bill 178 has officially been entered into the Illinois State Senate, as of October 1, 2009. This is a companion bill to the HB 178 that was entered into the State House of Representatives on January 14, 2009. This bill, aptly titled the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, would:
Provides that the Act's purpose is to provide eligible same-sex and opposite-sex couples with the same treatment as those in a civil marriage. Provides that parties to a marriage of the same sex are included in the terms "spouse", "immediate family", "dependent", and related matters. Provides that domestic relations, probate, and family law shall apply equally to parties to a marriage of the same sex. Provides that benefits apply equally to same-sex marriages in these areas: causes of actions related to spousal status, for wrongful death, emotional distress, and loss of consortium; adoption; family leave; group insurance for State and municipal employees; accident and health insurance protections tied to former spouses and dependents; and taxes and tax deductions based on marital status....
I know that it may take a while, a year, a few years, but I actually have a glimmer of hope, now, that I might one day be treated as a first class citizen. The same people I elect into office might see me and my version of 'family' as just another color in the mural of the population.
If you live in Illinois, please write your Congressman. Let them know you support equality and believe in marriage fairness. However, if you don't live in Illinois, you can still contact the Illinois state legislature and let them know you believe in this bill. It takes about 5 minutes and a well-worded email. (Click the links above!!! Or this one right here.)
Bless you and your family, whatever form it comes in.
Love and Lyte,