Equality Illinois

Statehouse
8:00 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Pastor Confirmed To Head State School Board, Despite Gay-Rights Objections

The Rev. James Meeks, seen in an undated file photo, has been confirmed as chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education.

The Illinois Senate on Thursday confirmed the Rev. James Meeks as chairman of the State Board of Education. It comes over the objections of a gay-rights group.

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Illinois Issues - Code Switch
9:36 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Proposal Would Ban Conversion Therapy For Minors

Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) wants to ban sexual orientation conversion therapy for minors.
Credit Illinois General Assembly

Counseling that tries to change a person's sexual orientation can cause depression, anxiety and self-destructive behavior, according to reports from psychologists.

A proposal to make the therapy off limits for minors failed last year in the Illinois House. The CEO of the gay rights group Equality Illinois, Bernard Cherkasov, is hopeful it will pass this time.

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Statehouse
8:42 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Same Sex Marriage Forums To Explain The New Law

Advocates who pressed for same-sex marriage to become legal in Illinois are now sponsoring forums to help gay and lesbian couples understand the law.

Equality Illinois'  Director of Public Policy, Randy Hannig, says he already has been "flooded" with questions from couples who want to marry.

'We're using it as an opportunity to educate," Hannig said.  "We did the same thing three years ago after the civil unions law was signed."

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