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Pro-Gay Illinois Governor Defeats Anti-Gay Candidate

November 8, 2010

Pat Quinn


After a close race, it’s official: Democrat Pat Quinn will remain in office as governor of Illinois. Quinn’s GOP opponent, Senator Bill Brady, conceded defeat yesterday afternoon. The governor, who took office in the beginning of 2009 after the removal of Rod Blagojevich from office, won an endorsement from the LGBT organization Equality Illinois. He has also been very pro-gay and has vocally supported bringing marriage equality to that state. Brady, on the other hand, has strong anti-gay views and has sponsored many bills that would ban both civil unions and same-sex marriage.

Chicago Pride reports on the election results:

Suburban Cook County and Chicago, which includes a majority of Illinois’ LGBT voters, provided Quinn with more than half of his votes. Brady’s conservative record in opposing gay rights, abortion rights and threatening cuts in state school spending didn’t resonate well with city voters.

Gay rights advocates, who hammered Brady for his anti-gay stance, credit the strong showing for Quinn in Chicago with effective get-out-the-vote campaigns.

“We pulled out all stops for Quinn,” Equality Illinois public policy director Rick Garcia told ChicagoPride.com.

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We can only hope that he follows through on bringing equality to IL.. Great Job Chicago Pride for getting out there and activating the fair minded people of Illinois.