Good As You: Illinois Roundup

06/13/2013

Illinois' leading marriage equality opponent promotes 'overcoming same-sex attraction disorder'

The Illinois Family Institute continues to be the top group standing in the way of equality in the Land of Lincoln. The IFI also continues to show that its true agenda goes far beyond our ring fingers: [IFI] Hey, Illinois...

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05/14/2013

Illinois' top 'protect marriage' group posts pic calling homosexuality 'crime against nature'

And now this from the Illinois Family Institute, the state family policy group most determined to help our side win. The pragmatism-averse org. proudly posted this pic of one of its supporters at one of its rallies: [IFI's official Facebook...

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04/29/2013

IL's top 'protect marriage' guy pushes video condemning gays as 'broken'

As head of the Illinois Family Institute, David Smith is the local leader who works with national groups like the National Organization For Marriage and the American Family Association to lobby the state legislature on the subject of marriage. The...

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02/26/2013

Illinois Family Institute prez determined to connect 'ex-gays' to state marriage debate

For weeks now, I've been showing you how fully the Illinois Family Institute and its head, David Smith, has connected the idea of reparative therapy (i.e. "praying away the gay") to his organization's supposed cause of "marriage protection." Here's the...

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02/25/2013

IFI video: We don't want 'sin' to be 'normalized or seem right'

Long ago, I declared the Illinois Family Institute to be the most incendiary of any of the statewide opposition groups, mostly because of the organization's full-on embrace of personal hostility for homosexuality (as opposed to just marriage equality). Here now...

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IFI pushes tweets calling Obama 'evil', attacking 'sodomy-based marriage'

The following comes from the official Twitter account of the Illinois Family Institute, the organization trying to stop civil marriage equality in the Land of Lincoln. Note the two retweets of Bryan Fischer's reliably hostile views: @profamilyIL That our constitutional...

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02/21/2013

Yesterday's anti-gay rally in Illinois: Weak crowd lacking in diversity

This is the Illinois Family Institute's very own photo. Click for the full size version: [IFI] Despite the IFI's claims of thousands, most local reports put the number in the hundreds range. Even the IFI's own ardent supporters seem disappointed...

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02/16/2013

Illinois' top marriage equality opponent: 'We cannot pretend..homosexual relationships are equal'

Illinois Family Institute head David Smith continues to show how far his opposition really goes. The aggressive "ex-gay" advocate just wrote, publicly on Facebook, that he doesn't want gay relationships to be treated as equal: "THEY ARE NOT EQUAL." Tells...

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02/13/2013

And now for your Ash Wednesday message of unity: Springfield Bishop says pro-equality Catholics 'harm the common good of society'

Thomas Paprocki, the Illinois Bishop who has most actively pitted his personal faith convictions against the shared public policy of his supposedly church-separated state, is using the date of tomorrow's planned senate vote on the Illinois marriage bill to position...

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01/28/2013

IL Catholic Conference casts gays out of 'natural order'

In the headline and at three points on the two-and-a-half pages that follow, the anti-equality Catholic organization opposes civil marriage rights for Illinois' same-sex couples by pushing gay people out of the "natural order" of life: [FULL Document: ILCatholic.org] This...

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01/03/2013

IFI's Laurie Higgins uses President's *civil marriage* view to deny him his faith

The Illinois Family Institute's Culture Analyst, Laurie Higgins: "To say that in order to treat people with respect and dignity, society has to eliminate sexual complementarity from the definition of marriage actually contravenes the teachings of Jesus, whom Obama publicly...

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12/27/2012

'New York Times' quotes one of IL's most overheated; fails to tell readers who she is

Laurie Higgins is an extremely vehement opponent of LGBT rights. Laurie is in the vein of Peter LaBarbera and Linda Harvey, with whom she regularly partners on aggressively anti-LGBT projects. Laurie's organization, the Illinois Family Institute, is one of the...

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06/21/2012

Laurie Higgins shows Illinois parents how astonishingly extreme the 'values' movement can be

Laurie Higgins, professional proponent of de-gaying Illinois schools and career abuser of the word "ontological," is back again with yet another criticism of yet another benignly tolerant thing in public schooling. This time, it's an inclusive children's book, which Higgins...

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05/23/2012

A bull takes no greater crap than when he's helping an anti-LGBT activist kill a bullying bill

Laurie Higgins is working to stop an anti-bullying bill in Illinois. So to do so, she first denies that the scientifically-recognized concept of sexual orientation is a real thing, before then isolating and twisting one certain facet of the recognized...

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06/07/2011

IL Catholic dioceses: Courting right to discriminate, right to have new talking points for future ad campaigns

Three Catholic dioceses hope a court will let them have their cake (i.e. state subsidies) while telling the state's non-discrimination policies to "eat it!" too: Three Catholic dioceses in Illinois have filed suit to block enforcement of a new law...

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06/01/2011

Illinois steps forward (*with usual and ultimately unworkable 'separate/equal' caveats)

It's a day progress "civil headway" and joy "civil excitement" in Illinois. The Chicago Tribune reports: Long lines are expected to form early today at the Cook County Clerk's downtown office of vital records as couples from across Chicago gather...

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05/31/2011

Video: My 'marriage protectors' went to Chicago and all I got was this 'diseased' branding

We first showed you the beyond incendiary, pro-"ex-gay" promotional flyer that said our equality "gravely offends God," represents "the sexual degradation of society," and much more nonsense. Then we showed you a comment that one of the scheduled speakers, Jim...

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05/20/2011

Illinois Defense of Marriage Initiative: More bad PR for the 'protect marriage' movement

Peter LaBarbera, the Illinois Family Institute, "ex-gay" Linda Jernigan, and representatives from TFP and CatholicVote.org (both friends of the National Organization For Marriage) are gearing up for an Illinois marriage inequality rally. A rally that, in yet another revelatory turn...

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05/03/2011

Wheaton, merrier: Christian college alums seek future freshmen freedoms

Some collegiate understatements, in no particular order: Beer is one way young undergraduate partygoers choose to quench their thirst Organic chemistry is less fun in the classroom than it is in the bedroom In terms of historic dress up, fraternities...

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01/31/2011

Curing IL, one civil shot at a time

Today at 4PM ET, this will happen: Chicago, IL — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will sign landmark civil unions legislation into law during a ceremony this afternoon giving gay and straight couples in Illinois many of the legal rights afforded...

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01/23/2011

Video: Bringing leprosy into the civil rights conversation. You know, just like Dr. King would've.

Like virtually every other media outlet, we pretty much ignored the offensive, anti-gay, anti-equality, anti-Coretta-Scott-King press conference that the Illinois Family Institute held on Martin Luther King Day. But so you can see just how far the IFI extended their...

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12/08/2010

And now for another edition of 'Gays are destroying [______]'...

The Illinois Family Institute demonstrates the sort of fair and measured thinking that has come to define the "pro-family" community's contributions to the Don't Ask Don't Tell debate: Will the "Lame Duck" Congress Destroy Military's Morality [IFI] Well you know,...

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12/06/2010

Gays destroying mores and morals? Well, we don't wanna, Bost...

Oh, that old "slippery slope" argument: "The step to legalize civil unions, while argued as intended to provide same-sex couples rights, benefits and responsibilities similar to opposite-sex civil marriage, is nothing more than a giant step in the progression toward...

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12/02/2010

Daley, not weakly: Chicago mayor excited for Christmas, New Years, equality's inevitability

Good on Chicago Mayor Richard Daley: After a historic vote legalizing civil unions this week, Mayor Daley on Thursday welcomed the Illinois General Assembly into “this new century” and urged lawmakers to “move faster” — and legalize gay marriage. “Finally,...

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12/01/2010

Illinois Senate passes Civil Unions!

They got 32 votes (30 were need for passage), joining their colleagues in the House. The bill will now go to Gov. Patrick Quinn, who has already said that he'll sign it into law. A win for equality's march. A...

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11/30/2010

Full equality is the cure, but here's a def. positive step for Ill gays

Illinois gays are one step closer to being one step closer to being equal citizens: After about an hour of discussion, the Illinois House on Tuesday evening approved legislation legalizing civil unions. Illinois House Passes Civil Unions Bill [NBC Chicago]...

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11/12/2010

IFI sees civil unions wall-writing, prepares new battering rams

With a civil unions vote pending in their state legislature, the Illinois Family Institute is coming out guns a'blazin' to stop progress in The Prairie State. For starters, IFI has created bulletin inserts for local faith leaders to share with...

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09/03/2010

Seals: The deal

Democratic candidate from Illinois's 10th congressional district [Dan Seals For Congress] ** *On the flip side: Dan's GOP opponent, Robert Dold, has come out for (un)constitutional bans on marriage equality.

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06/25/2010

Turning IFI's hot air into cool Windy City breeze

We just want to take a quick sec and thank Laurie Higgins, David Smith, and the entire Illinois Family Institute staff. For in their fervor to condemn this Sunday's Chicago Gay Pride March and its participants, the IFI-ers have actually...

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06/04/2010

June bugged: Laurie Higgins vs. 30 gay days

The Illinois Family Institute's Laurie Higgins: Once again, Barack Obama has affirmed his commitment to radical, subversive change; his sycophancy to the homosexual lobby; and, implicitly, his embrace of heresy. ... ...the sexual impulses and sexual behavior of homosexuals and...

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02/11/2010

'Til the one day when the lady met this fellow (and *only* a fellow)

The man who's expected to obtain the Republican nomination for Illinois governor, Sen Bill Brady (R-Bloomington), is betting his electoral chances on that tried and true right-wing concept: Hurting gay people for sport: GOP Hopeful Brady: Ban Gay Marriages [NBC...

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02/08/2010

**UPDATED: Welcome back, IFI!

Attention "pro-family" monitors: Less than a year after the Illinois Family Institute was removed from the Southern Poverty Law Center's anti-gay "hate groups" list, the Carol Stream's based organization has made an unceremonious return to the dubious roster: Active Anti-Gay...

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08/24/2009

Three fun, fast facts about the Illinois Family Institute: Up until July of this year, the IFI was listed on the Southern Poverty Law Center's hate groups list. In that same month, the IFI's Laurie Higgins raised collective eyebrows when...

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07/28/2009

OH. MY. LAURIE!

Perhaps the Southern Poverty Law Center was a little too quick to remove the Illinois Family Institute from a certain list: By Laurie Higgins, IFI DSA | Illinois Family Institute ... What is alarming about the account of the German...

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07/23/2009

IFI: SPLC deems their noise less Ill

Because of the organization's begrudging willingness to remove an old article that cited discredited researcher Paul Cameron, the Southern Poverty Law Center has agreed to pull the Illinois Family Institute from its list of anti-gay hate groups: LAST WEEK: THIS...

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07/14/2009

Hate crimes lies 'Carried' to a new level

When it comes to politics, there are lies and then there are LIES. The following snippet, which comes from an Illinois Family Institute flier opposing LGBT-inclusive hate crimes legislation, falls on the extreme end of the latter category: Stop the...

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06/30/2009

Video: No son, I can't go swimming on this lovely June day -- I have gays to film.

Pete's discovered YouTube: Okay, (a) a parade participant is not expected to support every last message that makes up the processional, and (b) one decidedly hardcore group's message about fighting back against instances of unfair police harassment doesn't mean that...

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05/28/2009

Video: In Chi-town, Pete 'protects' what was Chic long ago

We're not sure about the status of the so-called "Protect Marriage Illinois" group, as their website has been mysteriously pulled from the Internet: protectmarriageillinois.org has been suspended [PMO] But never one to let something like a TOS violation keep him...

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05/22/2009

Civility spreading midwestward?

Lots of promising coupling-centric stuff is going on in the northeast. But now some nice noise is popping out of the Prairie State: The Illinois General Assembly is expected to approve a measure next week that would legalize civil unions,...

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03/30/2009

Video: Schooled 'man schools us on his love for same

Chicago schools chief Ron Huberman, who you might remember from past denunciations from uncaring anti-gay speakers, appeared over the weekend on a local TV program. On said program, he was asked about his homosexuality in relation to his new job....

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03/27/2009

Audio: 'Pro-family,' pro-truancy

Laurie Higgins, a staff member of the SPLC-certified Illinois Family Institute, is totally against the "political action" she sees in the completely voluntary, student-led, thoroughly non-disruptive, pro-equality Day of Silence. So naturally, she wants you to protest that benign day...

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03/09/2009

Our only desired 'Target' is the one that sells us sundries

This from One News Now: Illinois is considering homosexual "marriage" and civil unions, so HRC is now challenging Mormons in that state after one ward sent an email to its members to oppose the legislation. Accusing the Church of Latter-day...

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03/04/2009

On Illinois, Mormons, and box turtles

Last night we were tipped off about a new effort from the LDS Church to futz with gay equality, this time in the state of Illinois. We went to bed with intention of writing it up this morning. However, our...

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02/02/2009

Gay's move up career ladder sinks Pete to new lows

Peter LaBarbera and his partner in unscrupulous demonization, Laurie Higgins, are once again proving that the "pro-family" fight is not really about marriage, faith, or "child protection." Instead, it is about much deeper, more insidious things like seeing that qualified...

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11/19/2008

Chicago: Gay-les school goes bi bye

We told you about plans to open a gay and lesbian high school in Chicago. We also told you how PETA was pushing for said high school to go completely veg. Well now comes the news that the school won't...

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04/15/2008

Ill noise for ill teachers: Two penises, no pension

By a vote of 43-67, the Illinois House today killed a measure that would have allowed gay teachers to give survivor benefits to their partners in the same way that married 'rosexual teachers currently can: House rejects benefits for partners...

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