Church supports civil marriages

The Telegraph
October 2, 2006
For the past 30 years the church has performed weddings of gay and lesbian couples while supporting the rights of other churches to sanction marriage of their choice. "Civil marriage is different," said Khleber M. Van Zandt, pastor of the First Unitarian Church of Alton. "When a couple is married in the eyes of the state, they receive protections far beyond what those who are considered unmarried receive from our system of laws." [Link]

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Illinois officials vote to keep anti-gay ban off November ballot

Bgay.com
August 14, 2006
The Illinois Board of Election on Friday upheld a decision not to allow a proposed referendum on marriage for gay and lesbian couples on the ballot in Illinois because the conservative group behind the initiative did not collect enough valid signatures. [Link]

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DuPage couple turned away on V-Day

Windy City Times
February 22, 2006
"With the whole staff eavesdropping—and not so subtly—we explained about the rights we are denied and that this is a matter of civil rights. We also told them about Freedom to Marry week, which they were unaware of." McMillan and Szalkowski were more than civil; they were downright personable. "We [ even ] brought the office a box of candy, which was well-received," they stated. [Link]

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COMMENTARY: Marriage matters

Daily Illini
October 12, 2005
After listening to a discussion on why marriage matters in Illinois, Mollison writes about his recent understanding about the privilege of marriage and the real harm and unfairness of being denied this legal right. He discusses how same-sex couples have already suffered way too much for being different, how the legal inequality only serves to harm families and does not benefit non-gay couples, and the personal issues involved, especially the tragedy of not being able to marry the one you love. "To be honest [thinking about homosexuality] made me feel uncomfortable...real people suffer when the law enforces my discomfort." He continues about why marriage equality is a civil rights struggle and the importance of taking a step back and really looking at the facts. [Link]

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LETTER: Parent supports marriage equality

Freedom to Marry
October 10, 2005
In a brief email, Caroline Mallory responds to the radio segment on AM 580, WILL in Champaign-Urbana, IL with Evan Wolfson. She expresses her frustration with the inequities her gay son faces and will continue to face without true equality under the law, as well as her hope behind the marriage equality movement. [Link]

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