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Gay-Marriage Bill Clears Path for GOP Candidates
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Commentary/Politics

Category: Illinois Politics

2013-11-10 17:00:13

Perhaps the biggest loser in November 5’s historic passage of a gay-marriage bill in Springfield was the National Organization for Marriage.

The group, based in Washington, DC, has been at the forefront of attempts to stop gay marriage in states throughout the country. A Maine investigation uncovered what it claimed were internal NOM documents about the group’s strategy, including this passage: “The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks – two key Democratic constituencies. Find, equip, energize, and connect African-American spokespeople for marriage; develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; provoke the gay-marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and -women as bigots. No politician wants to take up and push an issue that splits the base of the party.”

The organization tried all that in Illinois, spending tens of thousands of dollars on politically connected consultants and robo-calls into black districts in the spring, summer, and right up until the day of the vote, and holding media-friendly events in the black community. The bill wasn’t called for a vote last spring mainly because black House members were overwhelmed by fervent local opposition.


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Ted Rall: Gay Liberation
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Ted Rall

2013-07-07 05:09:01



Why Illinois Republicans Want Gay Marriage to Pass
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Commentary/Politics

Category: Illinois Politics

2013-01-27 11:54:17

Off the record, most top Illinois Republicans these days will tell you that they want a state bill legalizing gay marriage passed as soon as possible.

It’s not that they’re necessarily in favor of gay marriage. Many of them are publicly and privately opposed. Some of them do support it, even though they don’t feel they can vote for it because it might destroy their careers in the next GOP primary.

The reason so many Republicans would like to see the bill passed is because they know – with the huge new Democratic majorities in both state legislative chambers – that it’s eventually going to pass anyway, and they want to get this issue out of the way and behind them as soon as possible. The issue is trending hard against the GOP’s historical opposition, and they want the thing off the table before it starts to hurt them.


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Ted Rall: Only 940 of Them Were Straight
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Ted Rall

2010-05-31 11:27:45


Ted Rall: The More Things Change
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Ted Rall

2009-07-10 21:53:05





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