IL Civil Unions Update

***Update: As expected, the bill passed the committee and will reach the House floor.***

***Update x 2: The bill passed 4-3 along party lines.  Sigh.  GOP, preventing this is not conservative policy.***

 

Correction: I discussed the marriage bill filed by Rep. Harris a few weeks ago and wondered what had happened to the civil unions scheme.  The answer to my own question was: Nothing happened to the civil union bill.  Both were filed.  Makes sense.

Now:  In fact, today the Youth & Family Committee is debating the civil unions bill which has been so close to passing in the past.  You may remember this committee as the one that the ‘Pro-Family’ advocates lambasted because a gay man was chosen to head the committee.  Keep an ear open to discover how it turns out.

Also, the LDS Church in Illinois isn’t missing a beat, reminding us that if the bill passes, the world will indeed turn into Ron Jeremy’s dreamland…

This will empower the public schools to begin teaching this lifestyle to our young children regardless of parental requests otherwise. It will also create grounds for rewriting all social mores 

Dear GOP,

You say that you are ready to ready to tone down the outdated nonsense talk about social issues and return to the rational debate that made the Republican party an important, useful voice in our democracy.

If you are serious about that than you need to stop saying things like this:

GALLAGHER: Is this a time when Republicans ought to consider some sort of alternative to redefining marriage and maybe in the road, down the road to civil unions. Do you favor civil unions?

STEELE: No, no no. What would we do that for? What are you, crazy? No. Why would we backslide on a core, founding value of this country? I mean this isn’t something that you just kind of like, “Oh well, today I feel, you know, loosey-goosey on marriage.” […]

GALLAGHER: So no room even for a conversation about civil unions in your mind?

STEELE: What’s the difference?

Remember GOP, rhetoric matters. Even if you say something for political reasons without actually believing it, the whole world will hear what you say, not just those who you are trying to appease. You will not return to political prominence by calling the consideration of civil unions crazy. A very strong majority supports civil unions, 65-70% of the nation. Let’s do math: 100% minus that percentage equals 35-40%. No one wins elections with 35-40%.

I know that we don’t make policy based only on what is popular at the time. But remember that we only starting attacking gay Americans in the past because it helped us win elections. So now that it won’t help us win elections, you should probably stop. Especially because it is wrong-headed policy that hurts people and helps no one.

GOP, I so desperately want you to get back to being a logical, rational, reasonable party. To do that, you need to offer needed debate on all of the issues that should matter to the government, and keep quiet on issues that do not matter to the government. Please do not forget about that. And stop making dumb statements on right-wing talk radio. Thanks.

Sincerely,

Paul