Illinois Could Face Ballot Initiative

Our neighbors to the south could face a referendum on marriage for gay and lesbian couples this November. The group Protect Marriage Illinois said it will have more signatures than they need to get the issue on the ballot.

Voters will be asked whether they would like to see their State Constitution changed to permanently ban marriage equality; however the result of the vote won’t change the constitution—it would just have some bearing on whether lawmakers decide to move forward with the initiative.

Opponents of the ban argue that the referendum is being used to mobilize conservative voters, which is no doubt true. But like every other state that has faced such an initiative, the ban proponents say they just want to give voters a “chance to speak out on the issue.”

It used to really irritate me when our opposition would say that. Since when has it been fair to let a majority decide the fate of a minority group? And anyway, isn't that why we elect our officials? But now whenever I hear that language, I get the jolt of fuel I need to get moving with my day. I can’t wait until November when the voters of Wisconsin get their chance to speak out, and show the rest of the nation that it’s time to stop putting gay and lesbian people in the political crossfire.


At 2:01 PM, Blogger Communitygal said...

These proposals are going to end. They will end soon, probably right after WE WIN IN NOVEMBER: when the right sees that they are losing middle-ground voters who do not support hatred, fear and bigotry, and that those voters are either staying home or coming out to vote for fairness.

Whether you say the tide is turning or the pendulum is swinging . . . change is coming.

At 3:07 PM, Blogger Paul said...

Do they really think this proposal has a chance in Illinois? Chicago isn't exactly a conservative hotbed. Although, as a (conservative) friend of mine said: you've got Chicago, and then the rest of Illinois. They're two very different places.


At 11:51 AM, Blogger Ingrid Ankerson said...

Good question, Paul. Seems unlikely that it could. Frankly, I’m surprised the group claims to have collected enough signatures—it was my understanding that last month they were having a problem reaching their number.


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