Anti-Gay Illinois State Senator the Rev. James Meeks, who the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) named in 2007 one of the “10 leading black religious voices in the anti-gay movement.” says that if he is elected Mayor of Chicago, he’ll be too busy with issues like crime and schools to worry about oppressing gay people.
“Now, if I were sitting around bored with nothing to do, that stuff might come up,” Meeks told FOX Chicago News. “But I expect to be so busy with schools, crime and budget problems during my first term that I wouldn’t have any time.”
Meeks also actively campaigned to defeat SB3186, an Illinois LGBT non-discrimination bill, while serving in the Illinois state legislature. He was the only African American in the Illinois Senate and House to vote against the bill. Meeks has also used his House of Hope mega-church to launch petition drives for the Illinois Family Institute. Meeks and the IFI are partnered with Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council and the Alliance Defense Fund, major anti-gay organizations of the Christian Right
James Meeks is also reported to be both a political ally and “spiritual adviser” of Obama, and once blamed “Hollywood Jews” for bringing the world Brokeback Mountain.
I worry for our brothers and sisters in Chi-town. (And The World Famous Bijou Cinema!)