Tag Archives: Illinois

ILLINOIS: Bed & Breakfast Fined $80K For Refusing To Host 2011 Civil Unions Ceremony For Gay Couple

The Springfield News-Gazette reports: A bed-and-breakfast near Paxton that turned down a same-sex couple’s request to hold a civil-union ceremony there in 2011 has been ordered to pay $30,000 in damages to the couple and $50,000 to their attorneys and to stop violating the Illinois Human Rights Act. Michael R. Robinson, an administrative law judge appointed by the Illinois Human …

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Hillary Clinton Narrowly Wins Illinois Primary

Hillary Clinton has very narrowly notched her fourth win tonight, taking the Illinois primary by a fraction of a point. Meanwhile both sides of the Missouri primary still remain too close to call at this writing. I’ll pick it up in the morning, folks.

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Trump Wins Illinois & North Carolina Primaries

Donald Trump has won three out of four so far tonight. Things remain tight on the Democratic side in Illinois, with Hillary Clinton holding a slight lead at this writing. We’re still waiting on Missouri for both sides.

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LIVE VIDEO: Super Tuesday 3 Results

The polls are just closing in most of Florida and results will start rolling in shortly. Embedded below is a live stream from CNN. Watch along with us and weigh in.

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ILLINOIS: Two Students Charged With Hate Crime For Defacing Chapel With Trump’s Name And Swastika

And they threw in anti-gay and racist slurs as well. The Chicago Tribune reports: A Cook County judge on Saturday lashed out at two Northwestern University freshmen accused of spray-painting racist and homophobic messages along with the name of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump inside a nondenominational chapel on the university’s campus. “These allegations are disgusting to me,” Judge Peggy …

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ILLINOIS: Republican Bill Would Deny Birth Certificates If Single Mothers Don’t Identify The Baby’s Father

From the Chicagoist: New legislation filed in Springfield could make it extremely tough to be a single mother. If a father is not listed on a birth certificate to a newborn child, the bill says a birth certificate would not be issued for that child and any hopes of receiving financial assistance, if needed, would be dashed. The bill does …

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ILLINOIS: State Clears Cruz As “Natural Born Citizen”

From the Washington Examiner: The GOP senator has had his presidential bid challenged in recent months by Iowa GOP runner-up Donald Trump, who claimed Cruz’s Canadian birthplace disqualifies him from being president. Two Illinois objectors, Lawrence Joyce and Williams Graham, also agreed that Cruz’s citizenship did not meet guidelines in the Article II of the Constitution. But the board of …

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ILLINOIS: Sen. Mark Kirk Becomes First US Senate Republican To Co-Sponsor The Equality Act

Via press release from the Human Rights Campaign: “Senator Kirk has once again proven his leadership, by becoming the first Republican Senator to co-sponsor of the Equality Act,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “His support for the Equality Act sends a strong message that fairness and equality are bipartisan values. It also reflects the view of the overwhelming majority of …

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ILLINOIS: Rep. Bob Dold Becomes First Republican Member Of Congress To Endorse The Equality Act

Via press release from the Human Rights Campaign: “Bob Dold is showing tremendous leadership today by becoming the first Republican to sign on as a co-sponsor of the Equality Act and we’re thrilled that he’s standing up for our fundamental values of fairness and equality,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Far too many LGBT people – nearly two thirds – …

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CHICAGO: Protesters Blockade Stores In Protest Of Killing Of Black Teen By White Cop

Protesters are blockading the storefronts of major retailers on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile at this writing in protest of the murder of a black teen by a white police officer, who has since been charged with murder. The Chicago Tribune is live-blogging from the scene. Hit this link for photos and video from the ongoing protest.

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Meet Aaron Schock’s Anti-Gay Replacement In Congress

Illinois GOP state Sen. Darin LaHood, who fought against same-sex marriage and LGBT rights, has won the special election to replace disgraced and totally-not-gay former US Rep. Aaron Schock. The Associated Press reports: LaHood, easily won a special election Thursday to replace disgraced former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, sending a familiar name to Washington from Illinois. The younger LaHood’s victory brings …

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ILLINOIS: Angry God Sends Tornado To Shut Down Fundraiser For Scott Lively And Porno Pete

Last night Porno Pete and Scott Lively were about an hour into their live-streamed fundraiser when cell phones in the apparently sparse audience began chiming with tornado warnings, prompting the moderator to say, “Well, we better get to the basement.” God timed the tornado warning to arrive moments after Lively waved around a copy of his book, The Pink Swastika, …

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ILLINOIS: Porno Pete LaBarbera To Host Fundraiser For Scott Lively (And Himself)

From the event page: Scott Lively, founder of Defend the Family International, is the most persecuted pro-family leader in the world on the issue of homosexuality. He will give his thoughts on the new reality of post-Obergefell America (the SCOTUS decision declaring “gay marriage” a supposed Constitutional right). Lively, the author of “The Pink Swastika” and several other books on …

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ILLINOIS: State Senate Passes “Ex-Gay” Torture Ban By 2-1 Margin

The bill now goes to the governor’s desk. From the NCLR: “We couldn’t be prouder to add Illinois to the list of legislatures that have acted to protect LGBT youth, and we applaud the dedication of Equality Illinois and the tireless coalition on the ground. We hope Governor Bruce Rauner will join fellow Republicans like Chris Christie, who signed New …

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Porno Pete Flops At IML

It’s International Mister Leather weekend in Chicago and yesterday Porno Pete announced a “press conference” to be held today outside the Leather Archives. Pity the press didn’t show up. Via DNA Info: A handful of anti-gay activists and their cameramen held an event Friday morning dubbing the longstanding Leather Archives & Museum a “perversion museum” that promotes incest, pedophilia and …

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Editorial Of The Day

From the Chicago Sun-Times: Being gay is not an illness. It requires no cure. And anybody who practices “conversion therapy,” purporting to be able to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, is a quack, engaged in medical malpractice. Conversion therapy does not work. On this, the scientific and medical consensus is strong. It can only do harm. We …

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ILLINOIS: State House Approves Ban On “Ex-Gay” Torture Of Minors By 68-43 Vote

Via Equality Illinois: “Ending conversion therapy is our top priority in the legislature right now. Trying to change the unchangeable, our innate sexual orientation and gender identity, should not be attempted because it risks the health of LGBT youth,” said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois. “We thank Rep. Kelly Cassidy, the chief House sponsor of HB217, for protecting the …

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ILLINOIS: Nation’s First LGBT Veterans Monument To Be Unveiled Near Chicago

On Memorial Day the nation’s first-ever federally approved monument to LGBT veterans will be unveiled at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery near Chicago. Via the Windy City Times: The monument, which was spearheaded by Stanley J. Jenczyk, junior board member of the Chicago chapter of the American Veteran’s for Equal Rights ( AVER ), was approved late last year by …

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Cardinal Francis George Dies At Age 78

Longtime LGBT rights foe Cardinal Francis George has died of cancer at the age of 78. Via USA Today: In recent years, his reputation was that of a conservative battling to stem the tide of secularism that witnessed millions of Catholics leaving the faith. One obituary even labeled him as “the American Ratzinger,” referring to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the reactionary …

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ILLINOIS: Donor To Schock Campaign Will Sue To Get His Money Back

Via the Daily Beast: A former donor to disgraced ex-Rep. Aaron Schock will file a class action lawsuit against him Wednesday morning, in hopes of preventing the Illinois Republican from using campaign funds for his legal defense. Howard Foster, a Chicago lawyer and former donor to the congressman, will be the lead—and so far, only—plaintiff in the case against Schock, …

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