Illinois is a governor's signature away from becoming the 15th state to allow gay marriages.What makes this victory all the more sweet for me personally is that Illinois is also home to one of the most vicious, hateful, repugnant, anti-gay groups masquerading as a family advocacy organization that I have ever seen, The Illinois Family Institute. I can only imagine what is going on at their headquarters right now. They lost this one despite all the lies, hate, and fear mongering they've gotten so good at spreading. Envisioning these nasty people grappling with this huge loss tickles me to no end. And if that makes me sound evil, so be it. These are despicable people who have caused so much pain and heartache, I simply cannot feel anything but glee. They deserve nothing more.
The Illinois Senate followed the House in approving same-sex marriage on Tuesday.
Gov. Pat Quinn, who was present for the vote, is expected to sign it into law sometime in the future, meaning it will go into effect next summer.
Here is what the Southern Poverty Law Center has to say about them:
The Illinois Family Institute (IFI), which says it dedicates itself to issues surrounding “marriage, family, life and liberty,” is heavily focused on attacking gay people and homosexuality in general. It maintains “working partnerships” with other hard-line groups including the Family Research Council (see above) and the Alliance Defense Fund, a conservative legal center based in Phoenix. In early 2010, it launched Illinois Family Action as a political-action sister organization.And if you can stomach it, here are links (here and here) to a whole collection of their greatest hits. This organization is not an advocate for family, it is an advocate for hate.