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Where is your state rep on marriage equality?
by Kate Sosin, Windy City Times


It's no secret that when it comes to passing the "Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act," the toughest fight is going to be in the House of Representatives.

LGBT advocates have been urging supporters to call their lawmakers and ask them to support the measure. For many, those lawmakers have changed due to re-districting and elections. See how your representative stacks up below.

Not sure who your lawmakers are? The Illinois board of elections has an interactive map for that: http://gis.elections.il.gov/map_viewer/default.aspx.

Dist. 1, Daniel Burke (D): Burke voted "yes" on civil unions and was endorsed by Equality Illinois. Springfield office: (217) 782-1117.

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Dist, 2, Edward J. Acevedo (D): Acevedo voted for civil unions and was Equality Illinois endorsed in 2012. Springfield office: (217) 782-2855.

Dist. 3, Luis Arroyo (D): Arroyo backed civil unions and earned the endorsement of Equality Illinois in 2012. Springfield office: (217) 782-0480.

Dist. 4, Cynthia Soto (D): Soto was a sponsor of the bill last session that aimed to legalize same-sex marriage, and she has been present at LGBT community events. Springfield office: (217) 782-0150.

Dist. 5, Ken Dunkin (D): Dunkin voted for civil unions. Dunkin was Equality Illinois endorsed. Springfield office: (217) 782-4535.

Dist. 6, Esther Golar (D): Golar was Equality Illinois endorsed and voted in favor of civil unions. Springfield office: (217) 782-5971.

Dist. 7, Emanuel "Chris" Welch (D): Welch was just sworn in. Equality Illinois endorsed him in 2012. District office: (708) 450-1000.

Dist. 8, La Shawn K. Ford (D): Ford voted for civil unions and was endorsed by Equality Illinois. Springfield office: (217) 782-5962.

Dist. 9, Arthur Turner (D): Turner voted "yes" on civil unions but was not endorsed by Equality Illinois in 2012. Springfield office: (217) 782-8116.

Dist. 10, Derrick Smith (D): Smith is under federal indictment for alleged bribery. He returns to office after this winter after his colleagues expelled him from office over the indictment, and voters then re-elected him. He was not endorsed by Equality Illinois in 2012. Springfield office: (217) 782-8077.

Dist, 11, Ann Williams (D): Williams is a supporter of LGBT rights and was a sponsor of the last marriage equality bill. Springfield office: (217) 782-2458.

Dist, 12, Sara Feigenholtz (D): Feigenholtz is a longtime supporter of LGBT people and a 2001 inductee into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. District office: (773) 296-4141.

Dist. 13, Greg Harris (D): Harris, an openly gay lawmaker, introduced the bill seeking marriage equality. He has been a driving force behind LGBT policy in Illinois for years. Springfield office: (217) 782-3835.

Dist. 14, Kelly Cassidy (D): Cassidy is an out lesbian and a sponsor of the bill. Cassidy said that she has received more than 200 emails from constituents asking her vote in favor of equal marriage. Springfield office: (217) 782-8088.

Dist. 15, John D'Amico (D): D'Amico voted against civil unions in 2010, Equality Illinois did not endorse him in 2012. Springfield office: (217) 782-8198.

Dist. 16, Lou Lang (D): Lang was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 2002 for his support of LGBT people and AIDS funding. Springfield office: (217) 782-1252.

Dist. 17, Laura Fine (D): Fine just took office. Equality Illinois endorsed her in 2012. District office: (847) 998-1717.

Dist. 18, Robyn Gabel (D): Gabel voted in favor of civil unions and was endorsed by Equality Illinois in 2012. Springfield office: (217) 782-8052.

Dist. 19, Robert Martwick (D): Martwick was elected in 2012 with the endorsement of Equality Illinois. On a Chicago Sun-Times candidate questionnaire, he said, "I believe that the State of Illinois should respect the right of all of its citizens to engage in civil marriages, without discrimination based on sexual orientation." District office: (773) 286-1115.

Dist. 20, Michael McAuliffe (R): McAuliffe voted against civil unions in 2010 and has indicated he would do the same if marriage equality were brought to a vote. "I will not support the legalization of gay marriage in Illinois," he said in a Daily Herald candidate questionnaire. Springfield office: (217) 782-8182.

Dist. 21, Silvana Tabares (D): This journalist-turned-lawmaker is new to office. She was not endorsed by Equality Illinois last year. Springfield office: (217) 782-7752.

Dist. 22, Michael Madigan (D): House Speaker Madigan has been referred to as an ally on the measure, but his position has been less public than Senate President John Cullerton and Gov. Pat Quinn. Springfield office: (217) 782-5350.

Dist. 23, Michael Zalewski (D): Zalewski was endorsed by Equality Illinois and voted in favor of civil unions. Springfield office: (217) 782-5280.

Dist. 24, Elizabeth Hernandez (D): Hernandez voted "yes" on civil unions and was endorsed by Equality Illinois. Springfield office: (217) 782-8173.

Dist. 25, Barbara Flynn Currie (D): Barbara Flynn Currie has been seen as an ally to LGBT Illinoisans. Equality Illinois endorsed her, and she voted for civil union. Springfield office: (217) 782-8121.

Dist. 26, Christian Mitchell (D): Mitchell, who is new to office, was endorsed by Equality Illinois and scored 16 out of 17 on the Windy City Times candidate questionnaire. Springfield office: (217) 782-2023 .

Dist. 27, Monique Davis (D): Davis voted for civil unions in 2010 and was endorsed by Equality Illinois. Springfield office: (217) 782-0010.

Dist. 28, Robert Rita (D): Rita voted "yes" on civil unions and was Equality Illinois endorsed. Springfield office: (217) 558-1000.

Dist. 29, Thaddeus Jones (D): Jones was not endorsed by Equality Illinois in 2012. He took office in 2011. Springfield office: (217) 782-8087

Dist. 30, Will Davis (D): Equality Illinois endorsed Davis in 2012, and he voted for civil unions. Springfield office: (217) 782-8197.

Dist. 31, Mary Flowers (D): Flowers backed civil unions in 2010, and was Equality Illinois endorsed. At Equality Illinois lobby days last year, which focused on equal marriage, Flowers was on the list of lawmakers who should be visited. Springfield office: (217) 782-4207.

Dist. 32, André M. Thapedi (D): Thapedi voted for civil unions, and Equality Illinois endorsed him. In September, however, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that when asked if he supports gay marriage, Thapedi said, "I am uncertain of the query." Springfield office: (217) 782-1702.

Dist. 33, Marcus C. Evans, Jr. (D): Evans took office in 2012 and was not endorsed by Equality Illinois. Springfield office: (217) 782-8272.

Dist. 34, Elgie Sims, Jr. (D): Sims has been in office since 2012 and was endorsed by Equality Illinois. The Chicago Sun-Times reported last February that Sims supports gay marriage. Springfield office: (217) 782-6476.

Dist. 35, Frances Ann Hurley (D): Hurley ran for office without an endorsement from Equality Illinois. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Hurley said she "was leaning toward yes for gay marriage." District office: (773) 445-8128.

Dist. 36, Kelly Burke (D): Burke took office in 2011. Equality Illinois did not endorse her. On a Chicago Sun-Times questionnaire, Burke dodged the question. "The citizens of the 36th District are worried about paying their mortgage, funding their children's education and making ends meet. I don't believe this issue is high on the radar of the citizens of my district," she said. Springfield office: (217) 782-0515.

Dist. 37, Renée Kosel (R): Kosel was a "no" on civil unions, and she ran without an Equality Illinois endorsement. "I believe marriage is between a man and a women and I have a strong pro life voting record," she wrote in a Mokena Patch.com candidate questionnaire. Springfield office: (217) 782-0424.

Dist. 38, Al Riley (D): Riley voted for civil unions in 2010 and was endorsed by Equality Illinois. Springfield office: (217) 558-1007.

Dist. 39, Maria Antonia Berrios (D): Berrios is well known among LGBT Chicagoans, especially in Humboldt Park where she has been supportive of HIV and LGBT organization Vida/SIDA. Berrios voiced her support for equal marriage in a Windy City Times interview. Springfield office: (217) 558-1032.

Dist. 40, Deborah Mell (D): Mell is an out lesbian who sponsored the last draft of the equal marriage bill. Springfield office: (217) 782-8117.

Dist. 41, Darlene Senger (R): Senger voted "no" on civil unions two years ago. Springfield office: (217) 782-6507.

Dist. 42, Jeanne Ives (R): Ives is against same-sex marriage. "I am not in favor of gay marriage," she told Wheaton Patch. "Illinois has a DOMA statute that properly prohibits the marriage between two people of the same sex." Springfield office: (217) 558-1037.

Dist. 43, Keith Farnham (D): Farnham voted for civil unions and was endorsed by Equality Illinois in 2012. On a previous Chicago Sun-Times questionnaire, however, he said he favored civil unions. Springfield office: (217) 782-8020.

Dist. 44, Fred Crespo (D): Crespo backed civil unions in 2010 but was not endorsed by Equality Illinois in 2012. Crespo's skirted the question on his Daily Herald candidate questionnaire, stating, "I support civil rights for all people and oppose discrimination based on sexual orientation. However, when I talk to local voters, they are more concerned about the recent increases in property taxes, eliminating wasteful spending and creating jobs. That is where I feel I must direct my energy, attention and efforts." Springfield office: (217) 782-0347.

Dist. 45, Dennis Reboletti (R): Reboletti did not support civil unions and said he does not support same-sex marriage, according to the Daily Herald. Springfield office: (217) 782-4014.

Dist. 46, Deb Conroy (D): Conroy, who took office this year, wrote in her Daily Herald candidate questionnaire that, "I believe no one should be discriminated against due to their sexual orientation, just as no one should be discriminated against based on their race or gender. That is why I believe that same-sex couples should be granted the same legal rights as heterosexual couples, which are especially important for financial benefits and medical decisions." District Office: (630) 415-3520.

Dist. 47, Patti Bellock (R): Bellock was among a group of lawmakers that filed an court document against the marriage equality lawsuits. Bellock voted against civil unions. Springfield office: (217) 782-1448.

Dist. 48, Sandra Pihos (R): Pihos voted against civil unions in 2010, but did not specifically state her opposition to same-sex marriage in a Daily Herald candidate questionnaire. Springfield office: (217) 782-8037.

Dist. 49, Mike Fortner (R): Fortner voted against civil unions and was not endorsed by Equality Illinois. Springfield office: (217) 782-1653.

Dist. 50, Kay Hatcher (R): Hatcher's stance may be hard to pin down. In 2012, she dodged the question on a Yorkville Patch questionnaire, stating, "My personal philosophy is strongly fiscally conservative and socially moderate. Every person has to weigh for themselves the importance of each issue and how it affects their family." That same year, she noted on her Daily Herald questionnaire that most of the constituents to contact her on the issue were opposed to the measure, but she did not state her own opinion. She did vote against civil unions. Springfield office: (217) 782-1486.

Dist. 51, Ed Sullivan, Jr. (R): Sullivan opposed civil unions and was not endorsed by Equality Illinois in 2012. Springfield office: (217) 782-3696.

Dist. 52, David McSweeney (R): McSweeney was endorsed by Illinois Family Action, the political arm of anti-gay group the Illinois Family Institute. Springfield office: (217) 782-1517.

Dist. 53, David Harris (R): Harris stated his views on equal marriage in a Chicago Sun-Times candidate questionnaire. "Current state law prohibits marriage between individuals of the same sex," he said. "I support that law and I do not support same-sex marriage. I could consider supporting civil union legislation depending on how it is written and what it does." Springfield office: (217) 782-3739.

Dist. 54, Thomas Morrison (R): Morrison was among a group of lawmakers who introduced a bill reaffirming the state's ban on same-sex marriage in July. Springfield office: (217) 782-8026.

Dist. 55, Martin Moylan (D): Moylan was just sworn into office. He was endorsed by Equality Illinois in 2012. Springfield office: (217) 782-8007.

Dist. 56, Michelle Mussman (D): Mussman stated on a Chicago Sun-Times questionnaire, "I would not support legislation permitting gay marriage. I would support legislation permitting civil unions." Springfield office: (217) 782-3725.

Dist. 57, Elaine Nekritz (D): Nekritz backed civil unions and was endorsed by Equality Illinois, but she did not state her stance on marriage in candidate questionnaires. Springfield office: (217) 558-1004.

Dist. 58, Scott Drury (D): Drury backs equal marriage, according to his Daily Herald candidate questionnaire. "I am committed to marriage equality in Illinois and, thus, people of the same gender should be allowed to marry in Illinois," he wrote. Springfield office: (217) 782-0902.

Dist. 59, Carol Sente (D): On her website, Sente asks constituents to let her know what they think about a bill that would legalize gay marriage. In her Chicago Sun-Times candidate profile, she said, "I am a strong supporter of civil rights for all people and do not believe that discrimination based on sexual orientation should be tolerated." Springfield office: (217) 782-0499.

Dist. 60, Rita Mayfield (D): Mayfield's stance has been notoriously difficult to pin down. She voted "present" on civil unions and has since expressed indecision. Last year, she said she did not understand how civil unions differed from marriages. Springfield Office: (217) 558-1012.

Dist. 61, JoAnn Osmond (R): Osmond sponsored a bill that sought to reaffirm the state's ban on same-sex marriage last year. She voted against civil unions in 2010. Springfield office: (217) 782-8151.

Dist. 62, Sam Yingling (D): Yingling, who was just elected, is the fourth out gay representative to take office. Springfield office: (217) 782-7320.

Dist. 63, Jack Franks (D): Franks voted for civil unions in 2010 but told the Daily Herald in an interview before that that he opposed same-sex marriage. In 2012, he was not endorsed by Equality Illinois. Springfield office: (217) 782-1717.

Dist. 64, Barbara Wheeler (R): Wheeler believes marriage is a union between a man and a woman, she told the Daily Herald. Springfield office: (217) 782-1664.

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