* From a press release…
Saying that it is “good for business” in the state, the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA) today announced its strong support for the freedom to marry and urged members of the Illinois House to act quickly in passing SB10, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. The Illinois General Assembly returns to Springfield in less than two weeks for its fall veto session.
“As owners of small and large businesses, our members know the importance of treating all customers equally,” said IRA president Sam Toia. “It’s the right thing to do — and it’s good for business.”
Toia pointed to a study released in March by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law showing that marriage equality would generate up to $103 million in spending in Illinois within the first three years of SB10’s passage. The boost to the wedding business and related industries such as hospitality would create 281 jobs, the study estimated.
Last month, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Ryback came to Chicago to invite same-sex couples from Chicago to travel to Minneapolis to get legally married. “This means that instead of keeping business and dollars in Illinois, couples and their families will leave the state to hold their weddings, their receptions, and their rehearsal dinners,” Toia said. “As a businessman, I worry that Illinois is falling behind.”
* And a Chicago alderman is doing just that. Leaving Illinois to get married…
The alderman who represents much of Uptown on the Chicago City Council is headed to Washington state next month to tie the knot with his longtime partner, frustrated over a stalled gay marriage bill in the Illinois House.
“We are going to go elsewhere,” said Ald. James Cappleman, 46th. “It’s kind of sad that a Chicago alderman, an elected official, has to leave his own state. But we’ll keep fighting. There’s a lot of people who want to get married.”
Cappleman and Richard Thale, who met in church, have been together for 22 years. The plan to get married Nov. 22, surrounded by relatives who live out West. The couple already have a civil union in Illinois.
* Meanwhile, the pro gay marriage forces are highlight a “couple of the week” in the run-up to veto session. From a press release…
The series kicks off with Lee Edwards and Brenda Lee, a South Shore couple who first met 23 years ago. In spite of their love and long-term commitment, their home state continues to deny them the freedom to marry.
“We just wish to continue living together in our beautiful, supportive relationship,” said Edwards. “We are waiting for the day that Illinois realizes that our love is important, too.”
Edwards and Lee met at a friend’s barbecue while enjoying a sunny day in Chicago. Over the years, they have spent much time together at their church and are involved in local ministries.
* On the other side of the equation, the Illinois Family Institute is cranking up the heat in advance of the veto session…
I am so excited to see how our grassroots efforts are making a difference. You made it possible for us to sell out the IFI Fall Banquet that we held recently with Dr. Benjamin Carson. Over 1,100 Illinoisans turned out to show their support for Christian values. This event reminded me that, despite what media pundits want us to believe, protecting life, family, and freedom is a value shared by many, many citizens. […]
The push for same-sex “marriage” is meant to divide people, and it is, of course, a negative. Secular progressives know that if they push this negative hard enough it will eventually appear to be a positive. They hate the God of Christianity and the Bible.
We must resist this scheme. As Christians, it is our duty. For the sake of our children and grandchildren, let’s make sure marriage revisionists go no further in advancing their effort to pervert the legal definition of marriage.
You can help right now by contacting your legislator: