Breaking News Bar
updated: 9/19/2013 2:22 PM

Gay rights group raises money for suburban Republicans

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • Ron Sandack

      Ron Sandack

  • Ed Sullivan

      Ed Sullivan

 
 

One of the state's leading gay rights groups held a fundraiser Wednesday for two suburban Republican lawmakers who support same-sex marriage.

The Equality Illinois fundraiser in Chicago supported Republican state Reps. Ed Sullivan of Mundelein and Ron Sandack of Downers Grove, who have publicly backed same-sex marriage, as well as state Sen. Jason Barickman of Bloomington, who voted for the proposal in the Illinois Senate.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

Equality Illinois director of public policy Randy Hannig said the group wants to show Republicans, who largely oppose same-sex marriage, that supporters can try to help them politically if they change their minds.

"We're standing strong with our friends," Hannig said of the Chicago event.

Opponents have succeeded in keeping same-sex marriage out of the Illinois statute books. An expected state House vote in May never materialized after it became clear supporters didn't have the votes they needed. They might try again in the fall, but opponents have pushed back all summer.

Republican Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka was a guest of honor at the Chicago event.

"She gave a great, fiery speech," Hannig said.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here