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VICTORY: Pro-family forces stop "gay marriage" in Illinois legislature as session ends for summer
Defeated homosexual lobby despite overwhelming odds
POSTED: June 2, 2013
On Friday, May 31, the homosexual lobby admitted defeat in their efforts to pass "gay marriage" as the Illinois General Assembly recessed for the summer at the end of the day. They had hoped to get it passed before the US Supreme Court DOMA and Prop 8 decisions later this month.
Big defeat for homosexual movement
Although the bill can still come back after the summer recess, this represents a huge loss for the homosexual movement, which will likely reverberate across the country. They were confident that their pressure tactics would work. They put enormous resources from across the country into this. Even Barack Obama got involved. They announced more than once over the last few weeks that their votes were there. But it didn't go their way.
The bill had already passed the Senate. It only needed to get through the House. The House Speaker said that the bill would not come for a vote until they had the 60 votes needed to pass it. The battle was largely for the votes of the 20-member black caucus. It was a battle they clearly didn't win. (See article by Sandy Rios in Breitbart.com)
Thus, the "gay marriage" bill's sponsor, Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) announced on Friday afternoon that they didn't have the votes. He said that members told him they "needed more time to talk to their districts" about it.
A real uphill battle!
How tough was this? The odds against stopping this seemed overwhelming. Here's what the pro-family side was up against:
How did the pro-family forces beat all this?
The pro-family forces beat this with a pro-family force that's never been seen before in Illinois. It was an outstanding statewide coalition that brought together pro-family groups, churches, individual effort, leadership, and enough funding to get by. The main forces were:
The homosexual movement simply couldn't come up with this kind of state-wide activist support. And everything held together. In the tally on Friday they had kept enough of the black caucus and enough Catholic legislators on board, and managed to lose only two House Republicans.
It's not over. The work starts again after the recess.
Stopping this bill by the May 31 recess was a big, big victory. Trust us, this has left the homosexual movement angry, confused, and somewhat demoralized. But it's not over.
The General Assembly re-convenes for a six-day "veto session" in the fall (October 22-24 and November 5-7). Then it goes back in session in January 2014 for five months, followed by another short "veto session" at the end of 2014. During any of these times, the bill could be brought back up.
Keeping the momentum going
For now, the momentum is clearly with the pro-family side. But there's no question that the pressure needs to be kept up on this. The coalition's work needs to continue -- and even expand.
The homosexual lobby will be bringing in boatloads of money for more intense lobbying. And over the summer they will likely be doing what they did in other states -- go into key districts to recruit and organize constituents to pressure their state reps for "marriage equality."
But we can counter that. Our side already has a considerable presence in the districts. Dave Smith of IFI told us that the coalition is willing to do whatever it takes, as long as the funding holds out. The coalition has certainly shown that it's capable of getting the job done so far.
We think this should be a top priority in the pro-family movement nationally.
VIDEO: IFI's of huge State House Lobby Day.
What does this victory tell us?
There are many things that we should learn (or more precisely, re-learn) from this victory. Here are the top two, in our opinion:
A. The "gay" movement is not invincible and can be beaten even in a very blue state.
After the recent passage of "gay marriage" laws in Rhode Island, Delaware, and Minnesota, many pro-family people seem to have given up emotionally.
Illinois was one state that we thought would go down pretty fast. Back in December and January when the "gay marriage" bill started to gather some steam and Chicago pro-family activists Paul Caprio and Sandy Rios began to pull together groups to start fighting it (which eventually became the coalition), we were pretty worried. It just looked too overwhelming.
What we've learned is that even with all their money, political power, and complete media dominance, the homosexual movement is not unstoppable. Yes, there is an illusion of unbeatability. But there will always be more of us than there are of them. They can be beaten anywhere that there is effective pro-family leadership, organization, moxie, and financial support.
B. The conservative movement had better step up to the plate with funding.
As Dave Smith told us, it was by the grace of God that they pulled this off. Although the statewide pro-family coalition fell into place wonderfully, they just barely had enough money to keep it going, fighting against the huge war-chest of the homosexual lobby.
The radicals have several national groups funneling millions of dollars into the "gay marriage" battles in states around the country. And even more comes directly from wealthy individuals like Bloomberg, Singer, Gill, and their cohorts.
On our side, there's basically only the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) which purports to help bankroll state "gay marriage" fights. In this case, NOM spent $125,000 for robo-calls by the African American Pastors Assn. That's about half of what IFI put in, which came from their yearly operating budget. As a result, IFI needs to do some fast fundraising just to keep their operations going. Needless to say, that scenario is not sustainable. Our side needs an influx of cash.
Let's be honest. The truth is there are hundreds of major conservative donors, many of them extremely wealthy, who are afraid of the homosexual movement and are backing away. Those on the front lines find this deplorabe and cowardly. We don't know how to change that, but something needs to happen pretty quickly.
When all was said and done, Delaware and Rhode Island were very close votes. We are convinced that if they had sufficient funding and organizational capability we would have won. In particular, Nicole Theis, leader of the Delaware Family Policy Council, was an incredible leader. The RI people worked tirelessly also. But the pro-family movements were operating on a shoestring while the rest of the conservative movement basically stood by and watched. Minnesota was a bit more complicated, but the pieces were in place and we're convinced that it could have been won with the right resources.
It's a sad commentary that good ordinary folks across America are willing to sacrifice to confront the homosexual movement, but people who have the resources to make it happen have gone AWOL.