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10,000 Same-Sex Marriages in Cook County

Breaking News in Illinois Marriage & Civil Unions | August 29, 2016

Celebrating 10,000 same-sex marriages in Cook CountyThe marriage license for the 10,000th same-sex wedding in Cook County should be issued today or tomorrow.

At a celebration hosted by Cook County Clerk David Orr, Equality Illinois CEO Brian C. Johnson, who with his husband Toby were the 9,191st same-sex couple to be wed here, said that they were part of the last wave of couples for whom marriage was not a legal option when they first met.

“I look forward to the day in the not so distant future,” Brian said, “when we lose track of the number of same-sex couples who marry and that Illinois simply rejoices in how many families we call our own.”

Equality Illinois CEO Writes: Ban Conversion Therapy Nationally

Conversion Therapy Ban | August 17, 2016

Advocate columnIn a column in the online edition of The Advocate magazine, Equality Illinois CEO Brian C. Johnson argues for a national ban on dangerous and ineffective conversion therapy practiced against LGBT‬ youth.

Johnson wrote in response to the lawsuit filed by a group of pastors against the new Illinois law passed and signed with bipartisan support last year.

As noted, the law does not prohibit faith leaders from preaching their beliefs; it does prevent state-licensed mental health professionals from offering treatments debunked by science, unsupported by the mental health professional community and usually harmful to the individual and the family.


Equality Illinois Condemns Attempt to Undermine Ban on Conversion Therapy

Breaking News in Illinois Conversion Therapy Ban | August 11, 2016

CONVERSION THERAPY LAWSUITEquality Illinois condemns the lawsuit filed by a small handful of pastors against Illinois’ law protecting LGBT youth from harmful conversion therapy.

The Youth Mental Health Protection Act is based on scientific consensus. The law protects patients from harmful, coercive, and fraudulent treatments that attempt to change the unchangeable.

Faith leaders remain free to say what they want from the pulpit, regardless of how misguided it may be.


Atty. Gen. Madigan Joins Brief Supporting Transgender Illinoisans

Transgender | July 27, 2016

lisa madigan-1Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan today joined 12 other attorneys general throughout the U.S. in support of the Obama Administration’s policies that advance the equal treatment and protection of ‪‎transgender‬ Americans in workplaces and schools, a move applauded by Equality Illinois.

“Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is standing firm for the equal rights of transgender Illinoisans, especially students. In signing this bold brief in support of the Obama Administration’s trans-inclusive policies, Attorney General Madigan’s position is rooted in the best traditions of the Land of Lincoln,” said Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois.