Illinois Family Institute
The measure sponsored by Chicago Democratic Rep. Kelly Cassidy prohibits mental health providers from providing so-called conversion therapy — aimed at changing the sexual orientation of gay young people — to anyone who is under age 18.
Opponents of legislation to legalize gay marriage in Illinois rallied Wednesday outside the state Capitol, one day after thousands held their own event to urge lawmakers to approve it.
Proposed legislation to legalize same-sex marriages in Illinois passed the state Senate in February, but has stalled in the House.
State lawmakers have passed legislation that would mandate schools that teach sex education in Illinois also would have to give students information about birth control.
Opponents of same-sex marriage were targeting Chicago’s Latino community on Saturday with a march and protest, where they also faced off with gay rights activists staging a counter protest.
An Illinois lawmaker called the state’s rejection of an anti-bullying ordinance “disgusting.” The bill was voted down after some conservative lawmakers expressed concern that it might be used to promote acceptance of homosexuality.
Lawmakers failed to pass an enhanced anti-bullying law due to some members’ religious concerns.
Some gay rights advocates are taking issue with clergy members who denounced any comparison between the gay rights movement and the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Several dozen clergy members from around the Chicago area are denouncing a new law that grants civil unions to same-sex couples in Illinois.
Supporters of civil unions scrambled Monday to line up the final votes they need in the Illinois House, while opponents worked just as hard to block the measure in a lobbying duel that features competing religious leaders, constituent calls and e-mail blitzes.