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11/07/2013

Taking joy in the Illinois Family Institute's irrelevancy

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2013-11-07 At 2.50.57 PmI just came across a particularly nasty piece written by Laurie Higgins, the Illinois Family Institute writer and researcher known for both reliable hostility and verbosity. Out of instinct, I opened up a browser window and began writing up a response, hoping to both expose the extremities of this, the group at the forefront of the "protect marriage" fight in that state, and to push back against the flaws in the argument.

Then it hit me: I don't have to care what the IFI says on marriage. Not anymore. We won Illinois, and we are never going back. Now and forever, to have and to hold, marriage equality is the law of the land in the Land of Lincoln. We won; they lost. Despite their best efforts (and likely because of their lack of pragmatism), we beat them in this fight. We are the winners. The equality movement bettered the state. It's over.

I've had this experience in many states with many local family policy councils. But the IFI is so uniquely aggressive and downright nasty in tone that this one feels really good.

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