Monday, May 6, 2013
State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz has been a vocal advocate for changing Illinois marriage laws, and she sees change on the horizon. Sponsored by Grape-Nuts.
Sara Feigenholtz changed one law so people could know more about their history, and now she's working to change another to help people achieve the future they've always wanted. As an advocate for adoption reform, she helped adopted people win the right to see their original birth certificate. "As an adopted person, I was prevented by the government the right to my original birth certificate," Feigenholtz said. “This law I changed in Illinois, changed the lives of so many people and continues to do so. In the last 18 months in the state, 8,600 people have gotten their original birth certificate." The representative for the 12th Illinois House District now has her sights set on helping the LGBT community secure the right to marry. She has …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Naperville Patch welcomes letters to the editor. Letters may be submitted to Local Editor Collin Czarnecki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am the pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ, founded in Naperville in 1833. We are one of the oldest in town, and the oldest Congregational church in northern Illinois. We are a diverse church. We don't all agree with each other on certain aspects of doctrine. How have we survived for 180 years? We’ve survived because we covenant to respect one another in spite of our differences. Our state is close to passing a law that will legalize same sex marriage. I realize that some readers of the Naperville Patch are upset by this possibility. But what makes my church work is the same thing that can make our state work - a respect for one another’s differences. The passage of marriage equality will enrich the diversity of our …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Executive Committee members voted largely along party lines Tuesday night.
Wednesday, February 27
By Shannon Antinori Members of the Illinois House Executive Committee voted 6-5 Tuesday night to advance the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, which would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois. Senate Bill 10 was approved by State Senators on Valentine’s Day. It now heads for a full vote by the House of Representatives. Read: Illinois Senate Approves Gay Marriage: How Naperville's Reps Voted On Tuesday night, committee members voted along party lines, with Democrats supporting the marriage fairness act and Republicans voting against the measure, save for one exception, according to the Huffington Post. Democrat Eddie Lee Jackson Sr. of East St. Louis voted against the bill. No definite date has been set for a full House vote …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
ABC's Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Lt. Governor Shelia Simon stopped by The Tie Bar in Naperville to advocate for gay marriage in Illinois on Wednesday afternoon.
The Tie Bar owners Greg Shugar and his wife Gina are proving that small businesses are capable of doing big things - like teaming up with a celebrity and politician to rally support for same-sex marriage. Get news in your inbox. Sign up for the Patch newsletter. Like Naperville Patch on Facebook. On Wednesday afternoon, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, a star of ABC's 'Modern Family', and Lt. Governor Shelia Simon visited The Tie Bar in Naperville to advocate the passing of gay marriage legislation in Illinois. The Tie Bar, a popular Naperville-based online men's neckware company, recently partnered with Ferguson and his fiancé Justin Mikita's Tie the Knot organization. The Tie the Knot bow tie collection is designed and sold by The Tie Bar with all…