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Which Side Are You On?

You don't need to view "Lincoln" to cast the right vote

Rep. Sandy Pihos and Sen. Kirk Dillard:

As my state representative and state senator, I implore you to join the difficult but inexorable civil rights struggle to grant marriage equality for all Illinoisans. Be part of the 60 Yea votes in the House and the 30 Yea votes in the Senate which will bring Illinois into the 21st century of human progress, and make it the 10th state to reject fear and ignorance and hate by legalizing gay marriage. Don't turn your back on history; make history! By so doing, at the end of the vote, at the end of the day, at the end of your legislative careers, you can hold you head high knowing you upheld the greatest calling of a public servant - bringing full citizenship and the benefits of our wondrous democracy to all people in spite of the dark forces that would keep some of them down.  

Which side are you on?

Respectfully,

Walt Zlotow

42nd IL House District

24th IL Senate District

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Cincinnatus December 21, 2012 at 08:14 PM
During recent radio and TV interviews, Dillard stated he believed a marriage is between one man and one woman. He also stated that since this issue directly affects the very fabric of society, the voters should have a say in this decision via referendum. He also said that at a minimum, the places this decision should not be made is by local states attorneys, or judges.
Dan Johnson February 26, 2013 at 06:04 PM
How could anyone ever think it is fair for the majority to vote on the equal rights of a minority? To paraphrase Franklin, allowing a majority to vote on the equal rights of a minority is like a pack of wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for dinner. Our founding fathers were well aware of the atrocities majorities had inflicted on minorities, and that is why they established our country on the principals of equality and freedom, and established a representative constitutional republic, not a direct democracy or a theocracy.They tried to provide a structure to prevent majorities from taking away or restricting the equal rights of minorities. That is why we have a constitution that requires equal treatment for all persons. James Madison wrote: “It is of great importance in a republic not only to guard the society against the oppression of its rulers, but to guard one part of the society against the injustice of the other part … If a majority be united by a common interest, the rights of the minority will be insecure.” Or as Jesse Ventura put it bluntly: "You can't put a civil rights issue on the ballot and let the people decide … If you left it up to the people, we'd have slavery, depending on how you worded it."
Dan Johnson February 26, 2013 at 06:07 PM
"The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One's right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections." SCOTUS Most people who want to vote on equal rights have nothing to lose, and know majorities will restrict the rights of others if given the chance. Equality was never intended to depend on any vote, and we know from history and science that prejudice and discrimination result in needless suffering and death.

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