Illinois voters will be the judge when it comes to whether one
particular member of the bench keeps his position.
Catholic Charities and evangelical adoption and foster care
groups stood their ground against an attempt by the state to force
them to permit homosexuals to adopt children. Judge John Schmidt of
Springfield ruled against them.
David Smith who heads Illinois Family Action, tells OneNewsNow
that now Schmidt may experience the consequences of that decision
as Illinois voters decide whether to remove him from the bench.
"With the passage of civil
unions in Illinois, now the state of Illinois is requiring that
these great childcare agencies be required to violate their belief
that children should not be placed intentionally into homes devoid
of a mother or intentionally devoid of a father," Smith
Illinois Family Action has made recorded phone calls to 25,000
households in Judge Schmidt's district to remind them of the
"We want to make sure that voters in Central Illinois in a
six-county area understand that this judge ignored our state
constitution, which guarantees that the free exercise and enjoyment
of religious profession and worship without discrimination shall be
forever guaranteed," Smith says.
The campaign hopes to not only oust Schmidt, but also to send a
message that the public expects the courts to comply with the
In Iowa in 2009, the state Supreme Court voted unanimously to
legalize homosexual "marriage." Three of the justices involved in
that decision have since been voted off the court, and
a fourth is being challenged in Tuesday's election.