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Illinois Family Institute warns of ‘eternal’ consequences for Notre Dame LGBT group

Monday, January 13, 2014
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The Illinois Family Institute, the state affiliate of the American Family Association that led the unsuccessful fight against marriage equality last year, is back to fighting smaller battles, this time attacking the University of Notre Dame for officially recognizing an LGBT group.

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Ill. hate group leader: ‘There are no round triangles, and no gay marriages’

Friday, December 28, 2012
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Just as there are "no round triangles," there are "no gay marriages." So says David E. Smith, executive director of the Illinois Family Institute, the anti-gay organization working to defeat efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois.

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Illinois school district puts transgender policy committee on hold

Thursday, December 13, 2012
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The future of an Ad Hoc committee charged with creating protective policy for East Aurora School District transgender students is in question after its chairman declined to schedule further meetings due to intense opposition from local religious groups and residents. The brouhaha over the creation...

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Court denies anti-gay groups’ efforts to intervene in Ill. marriage equality lawsuit

Friday, November 30, 2012
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Cook County Circuit Court Judge Sophia Hall rejected motions to intervene in the trial challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage Friday by two anti-gay churches and the Illinois Family Institute, an anti-gay hate group.

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Equality Illinois: ‘The bullies won in East Aurora’

Saturday, October 20, 2012
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Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois, a statewide advocacy organization, commented Saturday on the decision by the East Aurora school board to rescind policy that supported transgender and gender nonconforming staff, faculty, and students.

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School considers rescinding transgender rights policy amid hate group, parental outrage

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
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AURORA, Ill. -- An Illinois school board is considering rescinding a transgender rights policy it adopted Monday after after receiving emails and letters from outraged residents and anti-gay organizations across the state.

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Illinois Family Institute issues ridiculous back-to-school warnings for parents

Wednesday, August 8, 2012
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Before you go back to school, the Illinois Family Institute wants to remind Christian parents everywhere how they can go after those damn teachers who challenge students’ thinking. No joke. Laurie Higgins‘ piece is entitled “Challenge teachers, not books” -- because, as we all know, teachers who discuss banned books are the real problems with our schools.

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Anti-gay group warns parents to remove kids from classrooms led by LGBT teachers

Wednesday, August 8, 2012
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CAROL STREAM, Ill. -- The anti-gay Christian group Illinois Family Institute has launched another campaign against LGBT Americans, telling parents to remove their children from classrooms led by any teacher who is gay or lesbian, or is a faculty sponsor of a gay-straight alliance, or who has utilized LGBT-inclusive textbooks, or offers a "safe" haven for LGBT students in their classrooms.

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‘Hate group’ Illinois Family Institute moves to intervene in marriage lawsuit

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
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The Illinois Family Institute, a Carol Stream-based anti-gay organization, has filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit challenging the state’s current marriage law, which prohibits the recognition of same-sex couples. The move by the organization makes it the second anti-gay group to get involved in the suit against marriage equality.

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