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.


  1. UFFDA says

    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.

  2. Hey Darlin' says

    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.

  3. says

    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!

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