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Vote Tally for Passage of Illinois House Bill SB 10 Legalizing ‘Gay Marriage’

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

The Illinois House of Representatives voted 61-54 yesterday (Nov. 5, 2012) to approve SB 10, a bill to legalize homosexual “marriage.”  The bill was previously approved by the State Senate, and now will go to be signed by Gov. Pat Quinn (D), a strong supporter of homosexual “marriage.” The vote tally and some breakdowns for SB 10 are below. The vote went roughly along party lines, with  all but three of the “Yes” votes from Democrats. Ten Democrats voted AGAINST SB 10 (with two voting “Present”), and three Republicans voted FOR it (with one GOP member absent from the vote).

Party affiliation in Illinois House of Representatives: 71 Democrats; 47 Republicans

Republicans (3) voting YES on SB 10 (homosexual “marriage”): Tom Cross (outgoing House Republican Leader; see his statement on SB 10 vote HERE; Cross is running for Illinois State Treasurer in 2014); Ron Sandak; Ed Sullivan, Jr.

Democrats (10) voting NO on SB 10: Beiser; Bradley; Cloonen; Costello; Monique Davis; Flowers; Jackson; Jefferson; Mautino; Scherer.

More voting breakdowns are beneath the graphic:

IL Gay Marriage Roll Call SB 10  11-5-2013

More voting breakdowns on SB 10:

Members of House Black Caucus (14) voting FOR SB 10 (FOR legalizing “gay marriage”): William Davis; Dunkin; Evans; Ford; Golar; Gordon; Jones; Lilly; Christian Mitchell; Riley; Sims; Thapedi; Turner; Chris Welch;

House Black Caucus members (4) voting AGAINST SB 10: Monique Davis; Flowers; Jackson; Jefferson

Black Caucus members (2) voting “Present” on SB 10: Mayfield; Derrick Smith (both Democrats; all Black Caucus members are Democrats)

House Member with “Excused Absence” from vote: Mike Fortner (Republican)

Homosexual legislators: Kelly Cassidy; Greg Harris (SB 10 Chief Sponsor); Sam Yingling (all Democrats);

Gina Miller: ENDA Would Create a Civil Rights ‘Fiasco’

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

“ENDA would be a devastating, unconstitutional blow to American liberty,” says writer

The only Black U.S. Senator, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), does not seem to be buying the arguments for ENDA that "rights" based on homosexuality are an extension of civil rights for African Americans.

The only African American in the Senator, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), does not seem to be buying the pro-ENDA arguments put forward by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and others — that “rights” based on homosexuality and “gender identity” are an extension of the noble civil rights struggle on behalf of Black Americans.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) crossed a major hurdle yesterday with the U.S. Senate voting 61-30 to end cloture and proceed towards a vote (with seven Republicans voting in favor). This vote indicates that ENDA will likely pass in the Senate, so the House could quickly become the battleground to stop this bill that effectively creates a new employment “right” based on homosexuality and extreme gender confusion. Politico reports that a vote in the Senate is likely by the end of the week; see their story HERE, which discusses efforts by some Republicans to strengthen ENDA’s religious exemptions.

My Senator, Mark Kirk (R-IL), in his first floor speech in two years after suffering a stroke, compared ENDA to past civil rights victories and, by implication, the effort to ban slavery. Though I wish Mr. Kirk a thorough recovery, his analogy is preposterous and, in fact, quite revolting: creating federal “rights” based on sexual perversion and anti-biological “gender identity” (think men in high heels and dresses)  — through an intrusive law that will undermine Americans’ freedoms of religion, association and conscience — has absolutely nothing to do with the noble civil rights struggle against racism and slavery. Perhaps that is why the Senate’s only African American, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), cast a “No” vote against ENDA yesterday — and why Blacks are leading the fight against homosexuality-based “marriage.” Much more on ENDA will be posted on AFTAH. — Peter LaBarbera, Americans For Truth

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Night of the Living ENDA

By Gina Miller
This column first appeared Nov. 4, 2013 in Renew America, a “Must Read” daily news and commentary source for Reagan conservatives.
Just like the flesh-eating zombies in Romero’s classic 1968 horror picture Night of the Living Dead, the sinister “Employment Non-Discrimination Act” (ENDA) won’t stay in the grave. Although attempts to add “sexual orientation” to the list of federally protected people date back to the early 1970s, ENDA was first spawned in 1994 and repeatedly re-introduced and killed in subsequent Congresses. Back in April, it again became undead in the Senate, as S. 815, by pro-homosexual Democrat Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon and 55 cosponsors, two of whom are Republican: Susan Collins (ME) and Mark Kirk (IL). In the House, we can “thank” openly homosexual Congressman Jared Polis (founder of ProFlowers) for its latest incarnation as H.R. 1755. A vote in the Senate is now imminent.

ENDA’s requirements and prohibitions for employers are “justified” under the umbrella of previous civil rights legislation, creating a bogus equality between innate characteristics like race and sex and the perverse behavior of homosexuals and other sexual deviants. This proposed legislation equates homosexual behavior with skin color in an apples-and-oranges “civil rights” fiasco. Why a fiasco? Because this horrible legislation will strip fundamental, God-given, constitutionally-protected rights from many American citizens while it conflates unnatural, unhealthy, immoral homosexual behavior with “civil rights.”

ENDA would be a devastating, unconstitutional blow to American liberty, essentially killing our God-given rights and freedoms of religion, speech and association. It is anti-business. It would require employers, under penalty of federal law for violations, to accept open homosexuals, cross-dressers, “transgenders” and whatever other sexual degeneracy they can come up with to “federally protect.” ENDA prohibits discrimination “on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.”

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