Supporters of same sex marriage are taking aim at Bruce Rauner’s stance on the issue, but Rauner’s supporters say he doesn’t have one.
Rauner has never said he’s against same sex marriage, but he did say he would’ve vetoed the marriage law passed last year and put the issue to a referendum. That quote is now on a banner sitting along the route for Sunday’s gay pride parade in Chicago.
State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), who sponsored the same-sex marriage legislation, says Rauner is on the wrong side of history. “It’s very important as you make this journey not to begin to walk backward, and I fear that if we were to have a Gov. Rauner, we would begin to walk backward,” Harris said.
Former Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady, a supporter of same sex marriage, claims the quote on the banner was taken out of context. “He said all along this could go to referendum, that would be fine with him,” Brady said. “If it went to referendum today, it would pass overwhelmingly.”
Brady repeated that Rauner has no social agenda, and believes same sex couples can benefit from Rauner’s economic policies.