Gay Marriage Becomes Focus of Governor’s Race

Monday Jun 2, 2014

The issue of same-sex marriage has taken center stage in the race for Illinois governor as gay couples statewide are taking their vows.

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn attended the wedding of a longtime couple at a downtown Chicago museum on Monday and was praised by activists for championing the state's new law allowing same-sex marriage. Those same activists claim that his Republican challenger, businessman Bruce Rauner (ROW'-ner), has been against efforts legalizing it.

Rauner hasn't said much about his views on same-sex marriage, aside from that it should have been decided by voters. He told reporters Monday in Naperville that he had no agenda to repeal it unless efforts are driven by voters.

Quinn is seeking a second full term. This is Rauner's first run for public office.

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