- February 26, 2013
Post submitted by Ryan Rowe, guest contributor
Today I’m on the ground in Illinois with Rev. MacArthur Flournoy, Deputy Director of HRC’s Religion and Faith Program, preparing for an exciting day of testimony on SB10, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. MacArthur and I spent the morning discussing the civil rights imperative for marriage equality with twenty pastors from some of Chicago’s most respected churches.
Leading the convening were Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III, Pastor of Trinity UCC and Rev. Dr. Herbert Martin, Sr., Pastor of Progressive Community Center. Now we are on our way to the state capitol in Springfield with Drs. Moss and Martin and a busload of supporters. Drs. Moss and Martin will testify in support of SB10 during the House Executive Committee hearing scheduled to begin at 3 PM Central. They will also present a letter from this morning’s convening calling for the passage of marriage equality in Illinois.
HRC is proud to continue leading organizing efforts in faith communities to support equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. HRC provided staff or funding for faith organizing work in last year’s marriage equality campaigns in Maine, Maryland, North Carolina, and Washington, and is helping lead this year’s efforts in Delaware, Illinois, Minnesota, and Rhode Island. Personally, I’m looking forward to the impact the message from these important faith leaders will have on today’s proceedings.
We urge all Illinois residents to contact their state representatives in support of marriage equality.
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