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10/08/2013

'Rescuing homosexuals' with the Illinois Family Institute's favorite lobbyist

by Jeremy Hooper

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For the past several years, the Illinois Family Institute, the state group leading the charge against marriage equality in the Land of Lincoln, has used Linda Jernigan as a sort of lobbyist against the marriage bill. Linda has testified before various legislative committees, has spoken at several IFI events, and has made prominent speeches at various IFI lobby days in Springfield. She also does media alongside IFI president Dave Smith, helping him make a case against basic equal rights for loving same-sex couples.

But like the many actors who really want to direct, what "protect marriage" activist Linda Jernigan really wants to do goes far beyond the simple set of rights and protections currently before the state legislature. Here is Linda yet again making the case for "rescuing homosexuals":

It's not about marriage for the IFI. It never has been. And when groups like the IFI make the case for "rescuing" us (and let's be clear: Smith, Higgins, and other IFI staffers have done the same), I personally choose to believe them!

If we could all grow up and talk about the actual agenda on the other side, we could get beyond the contrived "sanctity of marriage" debates. If the general public knew how far our organized opposition really wants to go, this conversation would end overnight.

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