GOP Gubernatorial Candidate: Ill. Voters Should Have Decided on Gay Marriage

Tuesday Jun 3, 2014

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says Illinois voters should have decided whether same-sex marriage should be legal in the state. But now that it's the law he won't advocate changing it.

Illinois' law allowing same-sex marriage took effect Sunday. Gay rights groups say Rauner has opposed efforts for the law and has previously vowed to work against them.

Rauner says: "That's false."

The Winnetka businessman spoke Monday before the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce in Lisle.

He says he only would have signed a bill legalizing gay marriage if voters had supported it in a referendum. But he says: "It's the law. I don't have any agenda to change it."

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who's seeking re-election against Rauner in November, pressed for the bill and signed it.

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  • lb43082, 2014-06-03 10:00:29

    Yes... I’m sure that he won’t pursue opposing right now... might affect his standing for re-election. The bottom line is, it’s good that the ’people’ didn’t make the final decision... if it were up to ’the people’ they wold still be burning people at the stake just because others might be different or believe differently than themselves... pathetic!

  • lb43082, 2014-06-03 10:07:31

    Ooops... not re-election... but his chance OF election.... let’s seehe has been against it... suddenly he "... won’t fight it..."... great timing! A******!

  • patroy, 2014-06-03 18:02:54

    well they didn’t get to vote on discrimination, as it should be!!!! They gay community is sick and tired of having to be a second class citizen based on bigotry!!!! It is time our laws become void of religious oppression and treats ALL people of this Country EQUALLY!!!

  • Wayne M., 2014-06-04 22:21:19

    This is not a new argument. I recall how supporters of racial segregation opposed ending that practice unless it had majority (White) support in a referendum. It is also a fact that the right of women to vote was held up as there were those who felt that the law had to have majority (male) support. The fact is that in a democracy, human rights are protected in spite of majority opinion, not because of it.

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