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Jan. 13th, 2005

01:03 pm - The Bill

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Here's some info on Illinois' GLBT Human Rights law:

the bill

the conference report

Looks like sexual orientation got attached as an amendment to a bill that added "national origin" to the human rights act.

They included Transgender in the definition of "sexual orientation":

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.
Here's the new list of protected classes:
Unlawful Discrimination. "Unlawful discrimination" means discrimination against a person because of his or her race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, handicap, military status, sexual orientation, or unfavorable discharge from military service as those terms are defined in this Section.
I wonder why the motorcycle thing isn't on there. Maybe that's a myth or I misunderstood the story.

I posted a quickie summary of all this stuff to the UC-IMC newswire.

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From:mrscake
Date:January 13th, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC)
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Yay, I'm actually impressed with something Blago's done!
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From:the_sween
Date:January 13th, 2005 08:27 pm (UTC)
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Motorcycle thing?
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 13th, 2005 08:34 pm (UTC)
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Moreover, most of the bill’s critics were only too happy a few years ago to pass legislation intended to protect motorcycle riders from discrimination in public places. One would be hard-pressed to argue that being a biker is less a lifestyle choice than being gay.
http://illinoisissues.uis.edu/politics/gay.html

But you may not now what H.B. 1039 is about. It’s known as the Biker’s Bill and would make it illegal to discriminate in public accommodations against motorcycle riders. H.B. 1039 passed both houses of the General Assembly by comfortable margins.
http://www.genderadvocates.org/whatever/Whatever0901.html

I don't know why motorcycle ridership isn't on the list of protected classes given this information.

Oh! HB1039 from 2002. Looks like the governor (Ryan) vetoed it! Good for him.



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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 13th, 2005 08:35 pm (UTC)
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I meant to say 2001.
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From:the_sween
Date:January 13th, 2005 09:14 pm (UTC)
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I had no idea that the biker population was feeling descriminated against in some areas.

One would be hard-pressed to argue that being a biker is less a lifestyle choice than being gay.

That is a whole different can of worms legislatively. I'd defintely be tuning into C-Span for that one.
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From:tugena13
Date:January 13th, 2005 08:35 pm (UTC)
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mind if i link to this post?
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 13th, 2005 08:41 pm (UTC)
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of course not!

thanks.
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From:tugena13
Date:January 13th, 2005 08:45 pm (UTC)
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thank you!
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From:xymboulos
Date:January 14th, 2005 04:17 am (UTC)
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I think linking these two pieces of legislation overstates the scope of HB1039. HB1039 is restricted to the prohibition of discrimination in access and use of public accommodations, something I can see as vulnerable and appropriate to safeguard for motorcycle operators. This is not sufficient to make the subjects of this bill a protected class. The amendment simply expanded this specific protection to also prevent discrimination in access based on sexual orientation.

SB3186 on the otherhand, is far more encompassing in scope than HB1039. It covers more significant issues like employment and truly does make the subjects protected classes.

Of course, IANAL.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:January 14th, 2005 05:06 am (UTC)
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Oops. I hadn't read HB1039 closely enough. I don't have time to read it closely now but I bet that you're right.
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