Tag Archives: Illinois

Quote Of The Day – IL Gov. Pat Quinn

“Marriage equality is coming to Illinois. Now, it’s time to take the next step in achieving full equality.  Let’s pass this bill for marriage equality and let’s do it now.  Our Illinois is not a land of discrimination.” – Gov. Pat Quinn, speaking today in his State Of The State address to the Illinois legislature. The marriage equality bill is ...

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ILLINOIS: Marriage Bill Advances

Here comes Valentine’s Day!

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ILLINOIS: Marriage Equality Bill To Be Considered By IL Senate Committee

The Illinois Senate Executive Committee will today consider its marriage equality bill. Easy passage is expected. Last week Senate President John Cullerton promised that the full chamber will consider the bill on Valentine’s Day.  

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ILLINOIS: State Senate To Vote On Marriage Equality On Valentine’s Day

In a move that has surely delighted local activists, the president of the Illinois state Senate has selected Valentine’s Day for the vote on marriage equality. However, the bill must first pass out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) wants Feb. 14 to be the day his legislative chamber votes to legalize gay marriages in Illinois. ...

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Aaron Schock On Marriage: I…Um…Wut?

Allegedly heterosexual Rep. Aaron Schock, who is reportedly planning a run for governor of Illinois, today delivered a mumbling word salad when asked about same-sex marriage. (Tipped by JMG reader Andy)

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ILLINOIS: “Ex-Gay” Crackpot Tells Hate Group That Most Gays Are Drug Addicts

The Illinois Family Institute, an SPLC-certified hate group and the former home of Peter LaBarbera, hosted 100 local pastors last week for a stop-the-gays brainstorming session. Among the speakers was “ex-gay” nutter Linda Jernigan, who told the audience that most gays are alcoholics and drug addicts. Because otherwise how could we stomach all that repulsive gay sex?

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AFER Recaps States In Play

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip description: “Major milestones this week, with a vote in Rhode Island and hearings in Colorado. A setback in Virginia, but polling shows the state may soon turn around. Plus, support from an unexpected source in an unexpected state.”

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Illinois Bishop On His Handcuffed & Gagged Priest: It Was Non-Sexual Self-Bondage Because He Was Alone

Remember the priest who called 911 for help getting out of his handcuffs and mouth gag?  Today that priest’s boss, Diocese of Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki (left), is telling the press that that there was “no sexual component” to the incident because the priest had been alone at the time. Uh-huh. According to Paprocki, “self-bondage” was merely the priest’s way ...

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip description: “Big news coming this week from Rhode Island, where we may see the year’s first hearing on marriage equality. New lawmakers in Illinois and Colorado express eagerness to pass marriage and civil unions bills. Two lawsuits join forces in Hawaii and Nevada, plus one unlikely country that saw support for marriage double over the last decade.”

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ILLINOIS: Business Leaders Come Out In Support Of Same-Sex Marriage

A long list of major corporations and local business leaders have signed on to a letter issued in support of the same-sex marriage bill in Illinois. State lawmakers aren’t scheduled to be at the Capitol much until early February, and sponsors of a measure to grant gay and lesbian couples the freedom to marry are likely to need some time ...

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NOM Vows To Destroy Pat Brady

“Brady has betrayed us, betrayed his party, misrepresented ‘key Republican values,’ and insulted conservative voters in Illinois and across America who deserve leaders who refuse to sell out on such a fundamental and crucial issue like the defense of marriage, children and family. The future of marriage in Illinois demands that Brady be replaced immediately with a brave pro-marriage individual ...

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Pat Brady: I Won’t Back Down

“If people want to throw me out because I took a stand on an issue of discrimination [as] the chairman of the Republican Party, the party founded by Abraham Lincoln, then that’s – that’s up to them and they’re free to do it. But I’m not backing down.” – Illinois GOP chairman Pat Brady, reacting to widespread calls for his ...

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NOM Has SECRET Plans

“Dear Marriage Supporter, This year is going to be BIG! We’ve been working over the holiday break to formulate our national strategy for 2013. We’re putting the finishing touches on our plans right now, and I’m excited about sharing some major new initiatives with you in the coming weeks…so be on the look out for those emails! By the time ...

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TODAY: Same-Sex Marriage Bills Due For First Day Of Illinois Legislature

The Illinois legislature meets today for the beginning of the new session and marriage equality bills are set to be introduced in both chambers.  Via press release from Equality Illinois: On the first day of the new legislative session, sponsors Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and Representative Greg Harris (D-Chicago) say they will work to pass the legislation, known as the ...

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

This week: “An exciting start to the year, with a win and a setback in Illinois. Two brand new marriage bills are on the fast track in Rhode Island. And a Congressional bill to repeal DOMA has picked up two more Republican endorsements, but one of them doesn’t quite count.”

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Illinois Bishop Who Put “Handcuffs & Ball-Gag Priest” On Leave Testified Against Same-Sex Marriage Yesterday

Yesterday Diocese of Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki testified against same-sex marriage before the Illinois state Senate. His testimony came just days after he was forced to put one of his own kinky priests on leave for calling 911 to get help to free himself from handcuffs and a mouth gag. NO SEX UNTIL MARRIAGE! Below is the letter Paprocki is ...

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Illinois Catholic Priest Calls 911: “Help! I Can’t Get Out Of These Handcuffs!”

The 911 operator in Springfield, Illinois fielded an unusual emergency call from the local Catholic church in late November.  The story was published yesterday by the Illinois Times. The pastor of St. Aloysius church on Springfield’s north end has been granted a leave of absence after he called 911 from the rectory and told a dispatcher that he needed help ...

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Wingnuts Warn IL Legislators

Last summer the anti-gay Thomas More Society was granted standing to defend Cook County, Illinois against marriage equality lawsuits brought by Lambda Legal and the ACLU.  Those cases are still active despite the recent push in the state legislature.  Yesterday Thomas More issued a warning to any politician that backs the marriage equality bill.

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IL Marriage Fight Moves To New Session

Despite last night’s win before an Illinois Senate committee, activists say that they will take the marriage equality fight to the next session of the legislature. Via press release from Equality Illinois: Today, the movement for marriage equality achieved a milestone victory, with the adoption of the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act by the Senate Executive Committee. This was ...

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