You can view the full text of Illinois HB2234 HERE.
The activist, identified as Kristy Combs, sent a mass e-mailing to members of the Nauvoo (IL) Third Ward, alerting people to the existence, content, and implications of HB2234, and informing them that the bill will be heard in a legislative committee meeting on March 5th, 2009. Complete details are given in the e-mail, a copy of which has been cross-posted below (posted on numerous other sources throughout the Web):
From: Kristy Combs (kristyc at mchsi dot com)
Date: March 3, 2009 12:27:59 PM CST
Subject: Civil Union bill scheduled for a hearing Thursday - calls needed
This message has been authorized for sending by Bishop Church.
The Civil Union Bill (HB 2234) has been scheduled for a hearing in the Youth and Family Committee this week on Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. in Springfield. If the bill is voted out of committee, it becomes eligible for a vote before the full Illinois House of Representatives. This bill will legalize civil unions in the state of Illinois, and will treat such civil unions with the same legal obligations, responsibilities, protections and benefits as are afforded within marriage. In other words, civil unions will be different in name only from marriage. As has already been seen in Massachusetts, this will empower the public schools to begin teaching this lifestyle to our young children regardless of parental requests otherwise. It will also create grounds for rewriting all social mores; the current push in Massachusetts is to recognize and legalize all transgender rights (An individual in Massachusetts can now change their drivers license to the gender they believe themselves to be, regardless of actual gender, which means that confused men and women are now legally entering one another’s bathrooms and locker rooms. What kind of a safety issue is this for our children?). Furthermore, while the bill legalizes civil unions, it will be used in the courts to show discrimination and will ultimately lead to court mandated same-sex marriages.
To help defeat this bill, please call your state representative and state senator and ask that they support traditional marriage and vote against the civil unions bill. If you are unsure who your legislators are, please see the link at the end of this email.
Also, please take a moment and call the following members of the Youth and Family Committee to encourage them to vote no on this bill. We need 4 votes to keep it from passing out of the committee. And - as always, please pass this on to all who believe in protecting our families and our children. If you are interested in attending the hearing, it will be held on Thursday, March 5th at 9:00 a.m. in Springfield in Room 122B of the Capitol Building (I can give you directions to the Capitol Building if needed).
Members of the Youth and Family Committee:
Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) (Greg Harris is also the sponsor of this bill, but he needs to hear your opposition to this bill)
Rep. LaShawn K. Ford (D-Chicago)
Rep. Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago)
Rep. William D. Burns (D-Chicago)
Rep. Michael P. McAuliffe (R-Chicago)
Rep. Al Riley (D-Matteson)
Rep. Dave Winters (R-Rockford)
Directions for identifying your legislators:
You can use the following link to identify your state legislators and their contact information: http://www.elections.il.gov/DistrictLocator/SelectSearchType.aspx?NavLink=1 (and enter your 9 digit zip code). If this link doesn’t work, you can use the general link www.ilga.gov and then click on ” legislator lookup” near the bottom of the page, then click on “by zip+4″. Type in your zip code, and you’ll see a list of your legislators. You want your state senator and state representative as they will be the ones voting on the bill.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Sister Combs.
Predictably, because the name of Kristy Combs' bishop was invoked, anti-Mormons immediately assumed this had official church sanction. As a result, the bishop followed up with an e-mail clarification:
From: Chris Church
Date: March 4, 2009 1:58:47 PM CST
Subject: Church Position on Legislation
Members of the Church may take any action they wish concerning legislation but the Church does not take any position in relation to these issues.
The fact that Bishop Church may have authorized the original e-mail simply means that the e-mail met the required eligibility standards for being transitted over the secure ward network. It did not necessarily mean "command endorsement" of the specific content. And this was reiterated on March 4th by an official follow-up statement from the LDS Church Headquarters in Salt Lake:
“As is widely known, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes in the sanctity of traditional marriage. The Church has not taken a position on any legislation currently being considered by the Illinois State Legislature. The Church did not send an e-mail to its members in regards to House Bill 2234, although a false report to the contrary has been circulated. An e-mail was sent from a local Illinois Church leader to his congregation – one of 129 congregations in the state — who was free to express his own views.”
-Scott Trotter, Church spokesman
The gay supremacist Human Rights Campaign (HRC) also responded by accusing the Church of spreading lies and calling on people to express support for HB2234, giving the same contacts as was provided in Kristy Combs' e-mail. However, it's the HRC which is prevaricating, because civil unions are being used as a Trojan horse by the gay rights movement to promote actual gay marriage. Civil unions in California did not stop gay activists from pushing for gay marriage.
This is why pro-family activists in Illinois need to mount a forward defense and stop HB2234 from passing. If civil unions become a fact of life in Illinois, the gays will merely come back with demands for full-blown gay marriage later on.