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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois lawmakers voted down a bill banning so-called conversion therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation of gay young people.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports the measure sponsored by Chicago Democratic Rep. Kelly Cassidy was defeated Thursday in the Illinois House on a 44-51 vote. Twenty-two members didn’t vote.

The measure would have prohibited mental health providers from providing the therapy to anyone under age 18.

The measure had been backed by gay and lesbian advocates, who argued the bill could have made Illinois a leader in protecting youth from “false and potentially dangerous treatment.”

But the conservative Illinois Family Institute opposed the bill, saying previously that it would prevent youths from getting counseling for “unwanted feelings.”

California and New Jersey have similar bans.


It’s headed to the Senate for easy passage and hopefully Gov. Quinn signs it. 

Bill Link:

h/t: Brian Brueggemann at

Hopefully it gets passed in the Senate and then by the voters in November. 

h/t: Ray Long and Maura Zurick at Chicago Tribune's Clout Street

* Rick Pearson at the Tribune takes a look at the claim made by Bruce Rauner’s wife Diana that she’s a Democrat

Since 1995, 77 percent of the more than $500,000 she’s given has gone to Republican candidates and causes, federal and state records show. […]

But state campaign finance records show that since 2009, when Bruce Rauner first contemplated and then rejected making a 2010 bid for governor, Diana Rauner made $238,150 in political donations, with 91 percent going to GOP candidates or conservative groups.

Among federal donations during that time frame, Diana Rauner gave $158,800 to candidates and committees, with 98 percent to Republicans. Several of the donations occurred when Bruce Rauner gave similar-size contributions to the same candidates.

* The Rauner campaign’s response

spokesman Mike Schrimpf said Diana Rauner “voted Democrat throughout the last decade and every time for Barack Obama” on the statewide ballot.

“If that doesn’t make you a Democrat, I don’t know what does,” Schrimpf said in a statement.

Except she didn’t vote in the 2012 primary, when Obama ran for reelection and she contributed to three GOP presidential candidates, including Mitt Romney. She also didn’t vote in the 2010 primary, the last time Gov. Pat Quinn faced voters.

Even more reasons that Bruce Rauner is NOT to be trusted or elected in November. 

h/t: CapitolFax


Right-wing newspaper publisher John Foreman is a total misogynist

John Foreman, the publisher of The News-Gazette, the local right-wing rag in Champaign-Urbana, went on C-U right-wing talk radio station WDWS-AM (which is owned by The News-Gazette) and delivered this sexist screed about Democratic nominee Ann Callis’s campaign in the 13th Congressional District of Illinois:

I think her message is not gelling because she doesn’t want her message to gel. I believe Ann Callis is making an effort to run for office and say as little as possible about what she would be or do. She’s making the point that she was a judge, that’s very admirable. She’s a very telegenic, attractive, lady who we saw a lot of her face in advertising. She’s the mother of a young man currently on active duty. Apart from that, relatively very few voters can tell you anything about Ann Callis, at least in this part of the district. And I think that’s the way she wants it to be. If she can stick to that, vote for me because of these things, she will.

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CHICAGO (March 26, 2014) – Equality Illinois is calling on the Illinois House of Representatives to protect minors by passing the Conversion Therapy Prohibition Act this spring after the House Human Services Committee approved it today by a 9 to 6 vote.

Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois, the state’s oldest and largest advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Illinoisans, said so-called “conversion therapies” for youths pretend to supposedly “cure” people of being gay, but have actually proven to be very harmful and are actively opposed by leading mental health and medical professional groups.

“This bill would ensure that the most vulnerable individuals, those already struggling in the face of homophobia and transphobia, are not targeted and subjected to a practice that medical practitioners deem harmful and inappropriate,” Cherkasov said.

The measure would prohibit mental health providers from engaging in any effort to change the sexual orientation of anyone under the age of 18. The bill’s chief House sponsor is state Rep. Kelly Cassidy.

“We are grateful for the work of Rep. Cassidy and her cosponsors in advancing the bill and urge the full House to quickly follow suit,” Cherkasov said. “Illinois has been a leader in fighting anti-LGBT discrimination in the workplace and in public accommodations, and it should be a leader in protecting our youth from this false and potentially dangerous treatment.”

EQIL’s Twitter Account: 

h/t: Equality Illinois


Despite bitter campaigns by NOM and the Illinois Family Institute, all three GOP Illinois state legislators who voted for same-sex marriage won their primary elections yesterday, although one may face a recount. They were gonna be punished! Via the Washington Post

When the Illinois state House passed a bill to legalize gay marriage last fall, just three out of 47 Republicans voted for it. On Tuesday, none of them lost. State Rep. Tom Cross (R) cruised to a 14-point victory in the primary for state treasurer while state Rep. Ed Sullivan (R) easily won renomination in his district. The third, state Rep. Ron Sandack (R), narrowly edged out his opponent by fewer than 200 votes, according to an unofficial tally. The close margin could mean the race goes to a recount. Sandack and Sullivan both faced pressure from third-party groups looking to oust them over their gay marriage votes. In Sandack’s case, the issue became a central focus. Had the three Republicans lost, it would have probably given pause to Republicans considering backing gay marriage in other states where the matter comes up in the future. But given two decisive wins and a third tentative victory, gay rights advocates have a lot to be happy about a day after the election.

The Windy City Times had threatened legal action against the Illinois Family Institute for using their above photo of Sandack in an anti-gay flyer. Image via New Civil Rights Movement.

UPDATE: Freedom To Marry reacts. 

Last night, Illinois Republican lawmakers who voted for the freedom to marry batted a thousand in the GOP primaries. Their victories—three out of three—in spite of desperate and ugly attacks from opponents of equality show that using marriage as a wedge issue no longer works and that backing conservative principles of freedom, family, and individual liberty will prevail. Our side was smart and strategic in these races and stood up for those who stood with us. Thanks to Equality Illinois and the Illinois Unity PAC for their leadership.

Pat Quinn/Paul Vallas or Bruce Rauner/Evelyn Sanguinetti?  

Rauner is out of touch for Illinois, vote Quinn!!!

Hopefully Ann Callis wins in November and tosses Rodney Davis out. 

h/t: Emily Cahn at Roll Call

Mitt Romney/Scott Walker/Nikki Haley-wannabe Bruce Rauner is going to lose big time to Quinn in November. 

h/t: Huffington Post

Hopefully the pro-marriage equality Sandack pulls it out over IFI-endorsed criminal Matune. 

I casted my vote, and in the IL-Gov Democratic Primary, I took the write-in route and picked Steans/Harris.

h/t:  Christian Walters at Towleroad

Downstate Jackson County is the most recent addition to the growing list of Illinois counties allowing marriage equality ahead of the previously planned June 1 start date.

Jackson County Clerk Larry Reinhardt told the Southern Illinoisan that Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s affirming the right of county clerk’s to issue same-sex marriage licenses spurred his decision.

"We were only three months away from ( the legislation’s original ) implementation," Reinhardt said. "I didn’t think it was worth the chance to open us up for a lawsuit."

Joe Powers and Duane Cole, who have been together for 33 years, were the first gay couple to receive their marriage license. They were also the first couple to get a civil union in Jackson County back in June 2011.

"It was important because we have waited so long," Cole told the Southern Illinoisan. "We never believed this day would come. It has been a very slow process."

After Judge Sharon Coleman declared Illinois’ gay marriage ban unconstitutional Feb. 21, she ordered that marriages for same-sex couples could begin immediately in Cook County. Some other Illinois counties followed suit and began issuing licenses as well in subsequent weeks. Other county authorities have said they want to wait until June 1, which was the planned effective date of the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, for fear of complicating divorce and probate litigation with the early start date.

Madigan said March 4 that by not offering licenses to gay couples, counties might be opening themselves up to lawsuits, and added that her office would likely intervene on behalf of the couples.

The Southern Illinoisan's article is here: .

State Rep. and IL-12 Congressional candidate Mike Bost will NOT be happy about hearing this news, and that’s good news for us sane-minded Illinoisans.  

H/T: Matt Simonette at Windy City Times

Bruce Rauner is NOT what Illinois needs! 

h/t: Daniel Strauss at TPM LiveWire