Bruce Rauner, a Republican challenger to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, says he would consider repealing the state's marriage equality law if voters wanted that, the Chicago Tribune reports:
Rauner has struggled with the issue, telling voters last year that he would follow the results of an advisory referendum to settle the gay marriage question if one were held. Later, after lawmakers approved same-sex marriage bill, Rauner said he would veto the bill if he were governor.
On Monday, Rauner tried to steer away from the hot-button social issue, telling reporters once again that he had no “social issues agenda” but declining to express his personal beliefs on same-sex marriage. “I have many gay friends and if they choose to marry I hope they have great lives together,” said Rauner after a speech to the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce.
But he did say he was open to a repeal: "Now it's passed, it's the law, I don't have any agenda to change it and the only way I'd change it is if it were done in a referendum — the voters said that they'd want to change it."
LGBT groups are pushing back, the HuffPost reports:
Marriage equality advocates associated with Equality Illinois, Lambda Legal, The Civil Rights Agenda and other groups, as well as several elected officials and community leaders, signed onto an open letter criticizing Rauner distributed Sunday.
"Rauner, the Republican candidate for governor, claims to be a social moderate," the letter read. "We know the real Bruce Rauner. His administration would very likely be working behind-the-scenes to block new legislation and erode the existing laws protecting our families."
Illinois' marriage equality law took effect on Sunday.
Yesterday was Anderson Cooper's 47th birthday and at his celebratory dinner he was looked at like he was "the loneliest most pathetic person on the planet," he tells David Letterman.
Find out how he spent it, AFTER THE JUMP...
And happy belated birthday Anderson!
He was, however, offered a heartwarming tribute, from his CNN co-workers.
Earlier today we reported that Principal Pete Cahall at Wilson High School in D.C. shocked his students when he came out of the closet at a school Pride event.
Here's some great video of Cahall making the announcement, his hands shaking, then doubling over with relief as his students cheer and then rush the stage to give him hugs.
Cahall is 50 years old. He told ABC7 that he felt it would have been hypocritical for him to host a school Pride event while holding on to his secret, and that he found courage in the recent disclosures by NBA player Jason Collins and NFL player Michael Sam.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
And it's full of stars; the picture above is just a segment of the whole thing. The photo, called the Hubble Ultra Deep Field 2014 image, is a composite of exposures taken by the Hubble Telescope from 2003 to 2012.
The scope of the photograph is simply gargantuan in scale. It captures over 10,000 galaxies, some of which are billions of light years away, extends back to within a few hundred millions of years of the big bang, and is presently regarded as "among the most colorful deep space images ever captured by the 24-year-old telescope."
Plus it makes for a great iPad parallax wallpaper.
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The U.S. Supreme Court denied a request from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) to halt gay marriages in Oregon, The Oregonian reports:
In a terse, one-sentence order, the court rejected a request by the National Organization for Marriage to put on ice the May 19 federal court ruling allowing gays and lesbians to marry in Oregon.
Justice Anthony Kennedy, who rules on emergency cases in the western region of Oregon, referred the issue to the full court, which then declined to get involved in the Oregon case.
Read the order here.