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Catholic Charities to appeal Illinois adoption ruling

Catholic Charities to appeal Illinois adoption ruling

A lawyer representing Catholic Charities in Illinois has now said they will appeal a circuit judge’s recent decision saying that the state was not required to continue contracting adoption and foster services with the religious organization in four different dioceses: Peter Breen said the group will ask for a stay of Sangamon County, Ill., Circuit…

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White House names Trevor Project a 'Champion of Change' for work with LGBT youth

White House names Trevor Project a ‘Champion of Change’ for work with LGBT youth

Great news for the Trevor Project and for LGBT youth: the national organization will be honored by the White House as a “Champion of Change” in innovation in suicide prevention. The Trevor Project will meet with Administration officials tomorrow to discuss priorities in suicide prevention prior to National Suicide Prevention Week in September: Tomorrow, Thursday,…

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Election 2012: Where do the candidates stand on LGBT rights?

Election 2012: Where do the candidates stand on LGBT rights?

Marriage Equality USA has put together a handy chart on where all of the 2012 candidates for President stand on a variety of rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. Take a look at where they are at on basic issues like employment protections, military service, adoption, and relationship recognition. It’s important to educate…

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Judge: Illinois can drop Catholic Charities over discrimination

Judge: Illinois can drop Catholic Charities over discrimination

A judge in Sangamon County, Illinois has ruled that the state does not have to renew its foster and adoption contracts with Catholic Charities. Illinois ended the over $30 million dollars in annual contracts last month after Catholic Charities said it would refuse to follow the newly passed civil unions law and offer its tax-payer…

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Not Shocked: IL hate group campaigns for hateful gay blood ban

Not Shocked: IL hate group campaigns for hateful gay blood ban

Sigh… I would like to say I’m surprised by the latest media-grabbing ‘campaign’ from the bigoted hate group Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH), but all I can really muster is an exasperated sigh and maybe an eye-roll. After all, the Naperville, Illinois based organization is officially designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty…

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Child welfare groups join case against Illinois Catholic Charities

Child welfare groups join case against Illinois Catholic Charities

More news from the ever-evolving case of Catholic Charities versus the state of Illinois over the newly passed civil unions law. Lambda Legal, the national legal organization committed to the civil rights of LGBT people, has filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of several child welfare organizations including the Evan B. Donaldson Institute, the National…

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Second City spoofs Bachmann 'ex-gay' clinic

Second City spoofs Bachmann ‘ex-gay’ clinic

Chicago comedy institution The Second City has taken a jab at the ex-gay conversion therapy clinic of Marcus Bachmann, husband of tea party favorite presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann. The video pokes fun not only at the absurdity of conversion therapy, but also at the questionable motivations of the ‘therapists’ themselves with Second City’s usual sense…

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Illinois Catholic Church's 'moral authority': Abuse victim gets .3 million

Illinois Catholic Church’s ‘moral authority’: Abuse victim gets $6.3 million

The Catholic Church in Illinois just can’t keep out of the news lately… And none of it is good. The Diocese of Belleville has finally paid the jury-awarded judgement to a man who was sexually abused as a child by a priest for over five years at St. Theresa’s Parish in Salem, Illinois. The payment…

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Cool new interactive map of state LGBT rights

Cool new interactive map of state LGBT rights

The Movement Advancement Project has added an extremely informative interactive map for a state’s LGBT rights info: MAP’s Equality Maps provide quick and easy summaries of laws that affect LGBT Americans on a state-by-state and issue-by-issue basis. The maps present information on laws in areas from employment discrimination and relationship recognition to hate crimes protections…

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Wheaton College named least LGBT-friendly school in the nation... Again

Wheaton College named least LGBT-friendly school in the nation… Again

Wheaton College, the religious-based school in the western Chicago suburbs, has been ranked as the least LGBT-friendly college in the country according to the latest annual report by the Princeton Review. The publication bases the rankings on questionnaires given to over 100,000 students around the country. Wheaton College was also ranked the most LGBT-unfriendly school…

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