“In the end we remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
– MLK Jr.
Large church congregations are sending mass emails, calls, and flyers to Illinois legislators urging them to ensure gay couples remain less than under the law. The leading anti-gay organization in the state, the Illinois Family Institute, is telling congregations to pass out this flyer. Among other things, the flyer claims that if gay couples are treated equally then….
Apparently honesty is not an important commandment when playing politics.
We cannot allow ridiculous scare tactics to sway legislators into continuing discrimination. One swing Democrat in the northern part of the state just announced that she is going vote to deny equal rights after a large church group screamed at a recent public hearing. That large group was mostly made up of a congregation that arrived in a bus with a banner on the side reading “Say No to Same Sex Marriage.”
We will always have diverse religious beliefs. But individual religious opinion about any issue can never be an excuse to deny equal rights to certain members of the community. It was wrong when it was used to treat women as inferior. It was wrong when it was used to treat African Americans as second-class. And it is wrong to deny equality to same sex couples.
Thirty years from now I want to look back and know that I did not stand idly by while injustice prevailed…I want to tell my grandchildren that I used my voice to say: Enough! I hope you feel the same. More than ever before, NOW is our time to do something.
Reminder: Please take a moment to send a message to Rep. Kate Cloonen to let her know that our community is made stronger when gay couples in love are treated the same as everyone else. Also, please share with friends and family to ensure they do the same.
(1) Facebook message HERE
(2) Send her an email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
(3) Call her office (815) 939-1983
[Don’t forget…mention your address or that of relatives if you live in the area]