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Illinois Gubernatorial Candidate Open to Marriage Equality Repeal if Voters Want It

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:

RaunerRauner 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.

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  1. Oh go ahead and repeal. See you in federal court. Really stupid thing to suggest this after watching every single one of these amendments fail in court.

    Posted by: Craig | Jun 4, 2014 10:32:48 PM

  2. This man wants to be governor and he has not the slightest idea how the law works. Has he never heard of Prop 8? You can't "repeal" people's marriages, fool. Have you not heard of the due process clause of the 14th amendment? Where does the Republican Party get these numbnuts?

    Posted by: Jim | Jun 4, 2014 10:46:30 PM

  3. He knows the voters don't want to revisit this, and he knows any repeal effort would fail (as well as being completely unconstitutional), so this is nothing more than blowing smoke out the wazoo to appease a few in his bigot Republican base. Typical.

    Marriage equality is settled in Illinois, end of story.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jun 4, 2014 11:09:17 PM

  4. Pea brain at work: "Hmmm, if I lie to half my party half the time and lie to the other half of my party the other half of the time and none of them really pays much attention... I win!"

    Posted by: Hansel Currywurst | Jun 4, 2014 11:12:04 PM

  5. It doesn't matter what Repub guy thinks on this issue anymore.

    Posted by: David | Jun 5, 2014 12:07:22 AM

  6. Yet, again, another jerk who thinks gay marriage should be up to voters. These people really are evil aren't they?!

    Posted by: Todd | Jun 5, 2014 1:07:11 AM

  7. "I have gay friends" - the favorite thing used by bigots to say, right before they trash us!

    Posted by: Kent | Jun 5, 2014 1:07:17 AM

  8. Ilinois Gays meed to get out the vote against this jerk.

    And they need to picket the Catholic bishops who are firing Gay teachers.

    Or they can stay home and be victims

    Posted by: Bob K | Jun 5, 2014 3:58:51 AM

  9. " I have gay friends"....oh yeah ?

    Name them.
    Let's see them deny you.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jun 5, 2014 5:06:41 AM

  10. Yet another Republican who wants to march backwards into time.

    Posted by: johnny | Jun 5, 2014 6:40:17 AM

  11. If you want to put same sex marriage to a vote lets put all marriages to a vote asshat.

    Posted by: bkmn | Jun 5, 2014 6:42:17 AM

  12. I'm open to seeing him cut open to see how his body works if the voters want it. We can do it live on the court house steps in Springfield. But, they have to vote for it. We're not just going to vivisect another insane republican candidate because it's the right thing to do.

    Posted by: Robert | Jun 5, 2014 6:52:20 AM

  13. Okay, definitely voting for Pat Quinn this election!

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Jun 5, 2014 7:46:51 AM

  14. Isn't that Heath Ledger's jacket from 'Brokeback Mountain?'

    Posted by: SeanInSeattle | Jun 5, 2014 9:00:01 AM

  15. Rauner is a disgusting homophobic pig.

    Voters have no right to determine my rights.

    Rauner is a typical Republican - he hates the USA and he has neo-fascist beliefs.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jun 5, 2014 9:25:02 AM

  16. It's the state of Chicago, here, really, not the state of Illinois. If he thinks his Red Hate will fly with voters, he's hilariously wrong.

    Posted by: Mikey M | Jun 5, 2014 11:19:10 AM

  17. This man ruined the life of one of his primary competitors. Suggesting he was gay, and physically harassed employs. He is not a nice person.

    Posted by: Jellybean | Jun 5, 2014 11:41:07 AM

  18. Let's put breeders' rights up for a vote.

    Posted by: Queer Supremacist | Jun 5, 2014 1:15:14 PM

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