Illinois Republican Senators Unanimously Support Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples

The Civil Rights Agenda (CRA), an Illinois-based group, has indicated that every Republican in the Illinois Senate has co-sponsored SB 2495, a bill solely designed to empower religious groups like Catholic Charities to discriminate against same-sex couples in civil unions when providing adoption and foster care services. In a press release, CRA executive director Anthony Martinez explains, “As a non-partisan organization it becomes increasingly difficult to appeal to Republican ideals when the party is seemingly hostile towards the LGBT community. This is a hollow political move that could have dire consequences for LGBT people.”