An automated phone call being sent by a conservative group is warning that an Illinois lawmaker has accepted "homosexual money" from "Chicago homosexuals."
DNAinfo.com reported Tuesday that the 20-second robocalls target the constituents of Illinois state Rep. Mike Smiddy, a first-term Democrat.
"Your state representative, Mike Smiddy, has received $6500 from Chicago homosexuals promoting same-sex marriage, according to state records," Family-PAC director Paul Caprio says in the message. "Same-sex marriage denies children the right to know who their real parent is. Now Smiddy is threatening to vote in favor of the same-sex marriage bill. Who is Smiddy representing? The Chicago homosexuals or your family? Tell Smiddy to vote no on same-sex marriage and return the homosexual money immediately."
Smiddy told DNAinfo.com that the robocall was "greatly offensive." He said he planned to vote in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage despite receiving a few "bigoted" phone calls.
In February, the Illinois Senate passed legislation that would grant same-sex couples in the state all the marriage rights and protections currently only available to opposite-sex couples.
The Religious Freedom and Marriage Equality Act would allow same-sex couples to wed, but churches and other religious institutions could not be forced to solemnize those marriages if it offended their beliefs. The bill was sponsored by state Rep. Greg Harris (D) and state Sen. Heather Steans (D).
Harris told the Windy City Times on Monday that the Illinois House was "very" close to having the 60 votes needed to pass the bill. He also noted many residents of the state had complained about receiving robocalls.
"Our opponents are pulling out all the stops," Harris said. "You can see it in the rhetoric, it's getting very heated."
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