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Illinois candidate who blames autism and tornadoes on gay rights wins primary

In January, Republican Susanne Atanus lost support from the state party because of her anti-gay comments
Illinois Republican primary winner Susanne Atanus
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A Illinois Republican who thinks gay equality and abortion cause God to place dementia and autism on earth won a primary election this week.

Susanne Atanus beat David Earl Williams III yesterday, 18 March, in the GOP primary for Illinois' 9th Congressional District.

The district includes most of Chicago, President Barack Obama's hometown.

This past January Atanus lost the support of state Republican party because of anti-gay comments made in an interview.

'God is angry,' the candidate said, as reported by Think Progress. 'We are provoking him with abortions and same-sex marriage and civil unions. Same-sex activity is going to increase AIDS. If it’s in our military it will weaken our military. We need to respect God.'

State party representatives quickly asked the candidate to step aside.

'Her candidacy is neither supported nor endorsed by the leaders of our party, and she should withdraw from the race immediately,' state party chair Jack Dorgan said in the statement.

According to Think Progress, state Republicans still stand by this statement.

Atanus will be on the November ballot against Democrat, and incumbent, Representative Jan Schakowsky.

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