On May 30th, 2012, the ACLU filed an historic lawsuit on behalf of nine gay and lesbian couples seeking the freedom to marry in Illinois. These couples seek the recognition and protections that only come from the universally recognized relationship status of marriage — a status that fits with their long-standing love and commitment.
In opposition, certain religious organizations claim that allowing these couples the freedom to marry under the laws of the State of Illinois would violate the freedom of religion. Similarly, Catholic bishops have indicated that federal requirements that birth control be covered by employer’s insurance plans as free preventative care, would violate their faith and their freedom to practice it.
Who are the real targets of intolerance in these situations? Whose rights and liberties are at risk?
Join us for a lively discussion on the freedom to marry, reproductive rights and the meaning of religious freedom in the United States on Monday, July 30th at 7 pm at the Crete Public Library. Panelists include ACLU of Illinois Director of Communications and Public Policy Edwin C. Yohnka, along with some of our clients from the marriage case.
The event is free, but we request an RSVP.