John M. Becker

Anti-Gay Fail: Pro-Equality IL Repubs Win Primaries

Filed By John M. Becker | March 19, 2014 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: gay marriage, Illinois, Illinois Family Institute, marriage equality, NOM, pro-LGBT Republicans, Republicans, same-sex marriage

After Illinois passed marriage equality, the National Organization for Marriage (Discrimination) bitterly vowed to defeat the Republican legislators who crossed the aisle, stood on the right side of history, and voted to grant same-gender couples the freedom to marry.

Three of those pro-equality Republicans were on the ballot in a primary election last night. They were targeted by anti-gay ads from the Illinois Family Action in the run-up to the election, but in the end that didn't seem to matter at all: all three won their elections.

The Washington Post reports:

When the Illinois state House passed a bill to legalize gay marriage last fall, just three out of 47 Republicans voted for it. On Tuesday, none of them lost. State Rep. Tom Cross (R) cruised to a 14-point victory in the primary for state treasurer while state Rep. Ed Sullivan (R) easily won renomination in his district. The third, state Rep. Ron Sandack (R), narrowly edged out his opponent by fewer than 200 votes, according to an unofficial tally. The close margin could mean the race goes to a recount. Sandack and Sullivan both faced pressure from third-party groups looking to oust them over their gay marriage votes. In Sandack's case, the issue became a central focus. Had the three Republicans lost, it would have probably given pause to Republicans considering backing gay marriage in other states where the matter comes up in the future. But given two decisive wins and a third tentative victory, gay rights advocates have a lot to be happy about a day after the election.

Too bad, so sad for the anti-LGBT lobby in Illinois. Oh, and by the way:

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