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Anti-Gay Groups Fail: All Three Illinois Republicans Who Voted for Marriage Equality Win Primaries

Though they were under attack from NOM and local anti-gay 'pro-family groups, none of the Illinois Republicans who voted for marriage equality lost their primaries yesterday.

The Washington Post reports: Sandack

When the Illinois state House passed a bill to legalize gay marriage last fall, just three out of 47 Republicans voted for it. On Tuesday, none of them lost. State Rep. Tom Cross (R) cruised to a 14-point victory in the primary for state treasurer while state Rep. Ed Sullivan (R) easily won renomination in his district. The third, state Rep. Ron Sandack (R), narrowly edged out his opponent by fewer than 200 votes, according to an unofficial tally. The close margin could mean the race goes to a recount. Sandack and Sullivan both faced pressure from third-party groups looking to oust them over their gay marriage votes. In Sandack's case, the issue became a central focus. Had the three Republicans lost, it would have probably given pause to Republicans considering backing gay marriage in other states where the matter comes up in the future. But given two decisive wins and a third tentative victory, gay rights advocates have a lot to be happy about a day after the election.

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  1. And on and on it goes, victory after victory for gay support. I want to live the first half of my life over in the rising sunlight of this better world.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Mar 19, 2014 9:46:41 AM

  2. The dividing wedge the fringe Republicans have placed their faith on, that the entire Republican party would turn to the fringe for guidance over fear of LGBT equality, is eroding.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Mar 19, 2014 10:32:00 AM

  3. Congratulations to them. Now, let's hope they lose to their Democratic opponents in the general election.

    Posted by: Rand | Mar 19, 2014 10:49:00 AM

  4. Do we know if any of the R's who opposed marriage equality lost in the primaries? That would be interesting to know too.

    Posted by: jpeckjr | Mar 19, 2014 11:07:09 AM

  5. There were no surprises in Illinois. Pro or anti, incumbents all pretty much won.

    Posted by: Francis | Mar 19, 2014 11:12:44 AM

  6. When we start winning battles inside the Republican Party, well, it is a sure sign that momentum is on the side of equal rights under the law.

    Perhaps the electorate can drag the Republican Party into compliance with basic standards of decency. Just kidding!

    Posted by: Steve Rider | Mar 19, 2014 11:20:13 AM

  7. @Rand: They won't.
    @Francis: There were a number of surprises. Not sure from where you are getting your Illinois news.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Mar 19, 2014 11:25:45 AM

  8. Str8wear believes that you can have your beliefs while respecting everyone. People are people and we're all here together so lets get along and respect each other. Check us out if you agree.

    Posted by: Brian | Mar 19, 2014 10:19:35 PM

  9. Way to go, NOM. Keep "punishing" those pro-LGBT legislators. Thanks for your help on these victories.

    Posted by: Rich | Mar 20, 2014 3:05:37 PM

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