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04/19/2007


Man and Daughter Survive Terrifying EF4 Tornado in Illinois: VIDEO

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This is perhaps the most terrifying storm video I have ever seen on YouTube.

Marc Wells and his daughter Josie took shelter as an EF4 tornado barreled over their home and destroyed their Washington, Illinois neighborhood. Wells captured the entire brief ordeal on video, including the haunting sounds (moans) of the home's foundation as it struggles against the twister.

A sober and horrifying picture of what many tornado victims must experience.

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WGN Chicago has an EXTENSIVE list of ways to help victims of the Illinois tornadoes HERE.

(via gawker)

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Right-Wing Catholic Group Links Deadly Illinois Tornadoes to Passage of Gay Marriage Law

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America Needs Fatima, a right-wing religious group tied to the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property, linked the deadly Illinois tornadoes to the state's bill legalizing gay marriage, signed by Pat Quinn yesterday, Right Wing Watch reports:

RitchieRobert Ritchie (pictured), the group’s executive director, is just asking the question:

Do you think the massive Illinois tornadoes are linked to the passing of the same sex “marriage” bill?

The massive tornadoes that hit Illinois after the passing of the same sex “marriage” bill, has stimulated many people to reflection.

In it, some see God’s chastisement; others see it as yet one more merciful warning from Providence; others yet deny both options and give various reasons.


Illinois Governor Signs Marriage Equality Bill: Watch LIVE

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Illinois is set to become the 16th state with marriage equality as Governor Pat Quinn signs the bill into law. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 3:30 pm CT.

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UPDATE: And it is done!

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Anti-Gay Activist Peter LaBarbera Outside the Illinois Marriage Equality Bill Ceremony: PHOTO

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How pathetic.

Via activist Waymon Hudson, who is tweeting from the event.


Illinois Governor to Sign Marriage Equality Bill Today, on Abraham Lincoln's Desk

Governor Pat Quinn will sign his state's marriage equality today, making Illinois the 16th state in the union (with Washington D.C.) to have marriage equality.

QuinnMore than 3,000 people are expected at the University of Illinois Chicago Forum for the signing, which will take place at 3:30 pm CT this afternoon.

Said Quinn: "I look forward to signing this landmark legislation on November 20 and celebrating a big step forward with the people of Illinois."

Couples are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to marry in the Land of Lincoln, the Chicago Tribune reports:

Local wedding planners already are anticipating a possible gay wedding boom after June 1, when the law takes effect. Anthony Navarro, a Lakeview-based wedding and event planner, has been planning ceremonies for same-sex couples in the region for more than a decade. He said he looks forward to having the appropriate language to describe events that he has described for years as "commitment ceremonies" or "civil union ceremonies."

Quinn will sign the bill today on the desk used by Abraham Lincoln to write his inaugural address.


Chicago Cardinal George Asked if He'll Seek to Deny Communion to Governor Pat Quinn Over Gay Marriage

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Chicago Cardinal Francis George, who released a letter in church bulletins throughout the Chicago Archdiocese on Sunday condemning the state's same-sex marriage law, was asked if he'll seek to deny communion to three of Illinois' most prominent Catholic lawmakers, the Sun-Times reports:

Quinn“What’s the point of talking?” George told a Sun-Times reporter Sunday after Mass at St. Genevieve Parish, on the city’s West Side.

He made the comment after being asked specifically whether he would seek to deny communion to the trio of Chicago Democrats: Gov. Pat Quinn, who’s expected to sign the bill into law this week, as well as House Speaker Michael Madigan or Senate President John Cullerton.

Further commentary would be “creating a story of good guys and bad guys,” the cardinal said, adding that he feels his words are “sliced up without nuance.”

“So, I don’t see any point in talking,” George said.

Messages left with representatives of all three elected leaders were not immediately returned Sunday night.

George had said in his letter that the new law would " contribute over the long run to the further dissolution of marriage and family life, which are the bedrock of any society.”


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