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Governor Quinn Goes Public On Gay Marriage

Posted by wlpo on May 12, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois politicians from both parties have been nearly silent in response to President Barack Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage.

Many prominent Illinois Democrats already back gay marriage, while Republicans say their top election issue is the economy. Neither side sees much political value in putting the spotlight on same-sex marriage.

One exception to the general silence was Gov. Pat Quinn, who came out firmly in favor of gay marriage. In past years, the Chicago Democrat has backed civil unions while hedging on how he felt about gay marriage.

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