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Jan. 12th, 2005

10:59 pm - GLBT Human Rights in Illinois

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Ok very reliable rumor that I don't have links or a story for yet but according to an activist friend of mine who is at the forefront of this movement:

HB101 passed! After 30 years of struggle by GBLT rights activists, it is now illegal in Illinois to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. Sexual orientation has been added to the list of protected classes in the Illinois Human Rights statute. Marriage equality is next on the agenda for these activists.

AWESOME!

I will post more about this when I know more. I JUST heard the news from a friend and haven't had time to research for links to stories yet.

I learn this on the same day that I learn that the Supreme Court has ended 18 years of federal mandatory sentencing!

And it was 60 degrees out today.

What a good day for my soul.

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From:szasz
Date:January 13th, 2005 05:17 am (UTC)
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It was sixty-THREE out today and I didn't wear any shoes all day and even snuck into Joe's tonight barefoot to watch the basketball game and I'm going to take what nature gave us today and run with it.

And it's all just better that the sexual-orientation housing discrimination bill passed. That's awesome.
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From:skywind8
Date:January 13th, 2005 05:24 am (UTC)
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Re glbt - Wonderful! I look forward to seeing news stories on this in the coming days.

The weather was just putting the "!" on the day. :)

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From:ddbrown
Date:January 13th, 2005 05:26 am (UTC)
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Great news on the LGBT front! Of course, this all happens after I leave the state... :)

On the federal mandatory sentencing bit: The primary concern that the Supreme Court had with the mandatory sentencing guidelines is the way that they can be based on evidence brought to light in front of the judge only, not the jury. This means that mandatory sentencing per se isn't unconstitutional, and that congress is welcome to enact a slightly different version of mandatory sentencing that would be constitutional. So while this is still good news, the fight isn't really over - look to see this issue coming back in future sessions of congress.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 13th, 2005 06:47 pm (UTC)
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Executive Director Julie Brueggemann said her group has been trying to persuade Missouri legislators to vote for the Missouri Non-discrimination Act for the past 10 years. Like the Illinois bill, the measure would make sexual orientation discrimination illegal in Missouri.

"It will be a challenge," she said. The Illinois bill's passage "may give us some help with St. Louis legislators."
STL Times story linked by arun251 down below.
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From:skywind8
Date:January 13th, 2005 05:27 am (UTC)
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GLBT news story link: http://www.times-press.com/newsmain.php?storyid=10691
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From:khudirambose
Date:January 13th, 2005 05:28 am (UTC)
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both those things are amazing!
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From:skywind8
Date:January 13th, 2005 05:40 am (UTC)
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After reading a few more stories hunted up through google news, I'm happy to say that this also protects transgendered people from the same sorts of discrimination. Wonderful that it got in there too.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 13th, 2005 06:56 pm (UTC)
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Awesome, I found the bill. Here's the definition:
Sexual orientation. "Sexual orientation" means actual or perceived heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, or gender-related identity, whether or not traditionally associated with the person's designated sex at birth. "Sexual orientation" does not include a physical or sexual attraction to a minor by an adult.
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From:culfinglin
Date:January 13th, 2005 07:23 am (UTC)
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excellent news on the political front, then! yay!

but, dude. 60? that's FUCKING COLD to me. i wear polarfleece in 60-degree weather and am still cold. you crazy midwesterner. :)
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 13th, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC)
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Yabutsee...in Illinois at this time of year it is supposed to be about 10 below zero.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 13th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)
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Today, it is 34 and snowing...

Over the weekend it is supposed to be 12.

By monday, we're expecting absolute zero with a windchill of entropy reversal.
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From:nomadwolf
Date:January 13th, 2005 08:14 pm (UTC)
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Ha! Hilareous.

Champion's League Football
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From:arun251
Date:January 13th, 2005 07:41 am (UTC)
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Wow. I guess Illinois is not going in the same direction as much of the rest of the country.

From Windy City Times:
When Democrats won control of the governorship and both the state House and Senate in 2002, there were high hopes a state gay-rights bill would be a slam dunk. However, intense lobbying was still needed, and it took two more years for the bill to work its way through the tough Senate chambers.

Aha. [That article also references Andy Thayer, who you and I met on the way to Philly.]

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
During the debate on the House floor, several African-American legislators equated the issue with civil rights. In appreciation, McKeon said, "the Black Caucus has my vote as a way of saying thank you."

Yes, as a matter of fact, it is civil rights. Interesting that a lot of people already thought it was law.


From the News Tribune:
Welch was joined by state Sen. Dan Rutherford (R-Pontiac), who was one of only three Republicans to support the measure in the Senate. Rutherford said he is opposed to any discrimination in areas such as lending or housing and doesn’t see the bill reaching into areas other than that.

“I’ve read the bill and I view it strictly as a discrimination issue, not a rights issue,” he said.


Holy crap. State Sen. Dan Rutherford (from the neighboring district) seems to be wrong about nearly everything else.
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From:tugena13
Date:January 13th, 2005 04:07 pm (UTC)
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hey, that's great! :D
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 13th, 2005 06:41 pm (UTC)
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That usericon is great!
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From:swank76
Date:January 14th, 2005 08:17 pm (UTC)
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"I don't care if you're black or white. I don't care if you're gay or straight. As long as you're a Republican, you're alright with me."
-Charles S Dutton , "Get on the Bus" directed by Spike Lee


Sorry, just popped into my mind while reading this post.
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