» NEW: Faith & LGBT Equality
From Equality Illinois:
"Today, Equality Illinois unveiled two new initiatives that emphasize the growing embrace of full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals by leaders of religious institutions.
The first, Marriage Equality Faith Petition, will demonstrate that there are many in the faith community who support full LGBT equality, including the right to marry. We are asking clergy and lay leaders from across the state to sign the petition to openly support the newly proposed “Illinois Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act” that will grant equal marriage rights. The petition can be found at http://tinyurl.com/SupportILMarriageFaithPetition
Equality Illinois is also publishing “Equality in Your Faith Community: A Guide to LGBT-Inclusive Religious Practices” and a related brochure. In the guide, which can be found at http://www.eqil.org/faithandfreedom.html , faith institutions and organizations across the state share how they include and celebrate the LGBT community in their everyday practices and worship.
These two new initiatives build on Equality Illinois’ ongoing, nationally-recognized Faith & Freedom Initiative, which aims to identify welcoming congregations, to build stronger relationships with communities of faith who share our interest in issues of justice and fairness, and to emphasize the positive relationship between religion and equality for all versus the persistent misconception that the majority of faith communities oppose equality for LGBT people.
Those efforts include a Faith Resource Guide, with references to numerous articles, books, movies and websites that help reconcile faith and sexuality, and a listing of leaders who perform civil union ceremonies. Both can also be found at http://www.eqil.org/faithandfreedom.html.
We are particularly grateful to Equality Illinois’ multi-denominational Religious Outreach Committee for their work and dedication.
Thank you for your continued support and look for updates from us in the future!
Chief Executive Officer”