LGBTQ Advocates Go After Republican Gov. Candidate on Gay Marriage

Advocates for gay marriage are blasting Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner’s (ROW’-nurz) stance on the issue as Illinois’ new law allowing same-sex marriages takes effect statewide.

Equality Illinois CEO Bernard Cherkasov (chur-KAH’-sahv) says the Winnetka businessman has opposed efforts for the new law and has previously vowed to work against them. He says Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has been a champion of same-sex marriage.

Advocates addressed the issue Monday in Chicago. The law took effect Sunday. But since it wasn’t a business day some county clerks waited until Monday to issue marriage documents.

Rauner hasn’t detailed his views on gay marriage, aside from saying he doesn’t have a social issues agenda.

A campaign spokesman says Rauner would rather see voters decide the issue.

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