Anti-Gay Illinois State Senator Rev. James Meeks: " If I’m Mayor of Chicago, I’ll be too busy to deprive gays of civil rights"

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.

Comforting huh?

“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!)

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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