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GOP hopeful Susanne Atanus reiterates anti-gay statements, seeks LGBT support

Susanne Atanus tells Windy City Times that 'God is super angry' over gay marriage, but she still wants support from the LGBT community.

Chicago, IL — Susanne Atanus, a candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in Illinois 9th District, is reaching out to the LGBT community for support.

Susanne Atanus
Susanne Atanus
During a Jan. 20 Daily Herald endorsement session, Atanus said God controls the weather and has sent tornadoes and diseases, like autism and dementia, as punishment for legalized abortion and gay rights.

"God is angry. We are provoking him with abortions and same-sex marriage and civil unions," she said. "Same-sex activity is going to increase AIDS. If it's in our military it will weaken our military. We need to respect God."

Atanus reiterated her statements this week to Windy City Times.

"God is super angry," she said.

Atanus said she contacted the LGBT newsweekly because she wants the community to receive her message.

"You can tell the community that I called to reach out to them, that I need them, and they need me," she said.

Atanus also told Windy City Times she does not believe in the separation of church and state.

The 55-year-old conservative is one of two Republicans vying to challenge gay-friendly U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky in the fall.

Rick Garcia, a long-time gay rights advocate, said Atanus is unlikely to find support in the LGBT community. 

"A bright spot is that the Republican party has disowned her," Garcia told ChicagoPride.com.

"Perhaps candidate Atanus could join forces with Springfield Illinois Bishop Thomas Poprocki and take their lunacy on a road trip," he joked.

Atanus ran in the 9th District's Republican primaries in 2010 and 2012. She lost in 2010 and was taken off the ballot in 2012 because she didn't have enough valid signatures. 

Read the Windy City Times interview with Susanne Atanus
 
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I am happy to help Ms. Atanus and Bishop Poprocki. I am on my way to Russia. I am happy to take them with me. But I am only offering a one way ticket. Maybe they would be happy there.
Posted by Jeff812 on Thu, 1/30/2014 1:02 PM
Her asking the LGBT community for support is like AA wanting to have a meeting at Binny's Beverage Depot!!
Posted by Stewed Drummer on Thu, 1/30/2014 6:02 PM
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So, people getting direct messages from God makes her a credible person? Its probably Pazuzu
Posted by TheGreatPhotoGuy on Thu, 1/30/2014 6:03 PM
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Make up your mind woman!
Posted by Matthew Leimann on Thu, 1/30/2014 6:11 PM
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She's not even GOP, they'll have nothing to do with her. "A bright spot is that the Republican party has disowned her," Garcia told ChicagoPride.com.
Posted by Andrew W Sieber on Thu, 1/30/2014 6:14 PM
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She is bat-shit crazy!
Posted by Greg Dreishmire on Thu, 1/30/2014 6:52 PM
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This lady,(sorry, ugly guy), is a MORON. Twoface, people should remember this when voteing. Chcago.
Posted by Rusty Artist on Thu, 1/30/2014 7:05 PM
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God is super angry at her hairdo.
Posted by Alexandre de Cro\u00ff on Thu, 1/30/2014 7:10 PM
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Rhetorical Question here but: IS SHE "F" NUTZ???
Posted by Bill Wood on Thu, 1/30/2014 8:00 PM
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Good luck with that you bigoted bitch.
Posted by Lenora Evan Whipple on Thu, 1/30/2014 8:07 PM
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I'm super mad over her choice of eye shadow.
Posted by Marshal689 on Thu, 1/30/2014 8:09 PM
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I'll have what she's smoking
Posted by Maria Rohloff on Thu, 1/30/2014 8:30 PM
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I think that's actually Ray Romano from Everybody Loves Raymond in drag...playing a hilarious joke on us all
Posted by Natalie Kendall on Thu, 1/30/2014 9:11 PM
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God is super angry at her makeup choices.
Posted by John Patrick Utrup on Thu, 1/30/2014 9:21 PM
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Keep your religion in your church and out of politics you wretch.
Posted by Joshua James Fisher on Thu, 1/30/2014 10:51 PM
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I think At anus needs to take her message and stick up her anus.
Posted by Jake Cohn on Fri, 1/31/2014 12:45 PM
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from the pic i assumed she was the gay rights advocate oops hahaha republicans
Posted by Aaron McTurdle on Fri, 1/31/2014 9:21 PM
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God does not have time for this
Posted by Layla on Wed, 3/19/2014 10:11 PM
Morgan Stanley
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