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Gay marriage advocates criticize Rauner's stance

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Associated Press

Gay rights supporters are using the upcoming Chicago Pride Parade to draw attention to Republican Bruce Rauner's statements that he would have vetoed Illinois' same-sex marriage bill.

Equality Illinois on Thursday unveiled a two-story banner featuring a photo of the GOP gubernatorial candidate and comments he made about the law.

It's hanging along the route for Sunday's parade, which Equality Illinois CEO Bernard Cherkasov says will draw hundreds of thousands of people.

Rauner is trying to unseat Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who championed same-sex marriage and signed it into law last year.

Rauner has said voters should have decided whether to allow gay marriage.

The Winnetka businessman says now that it's the law he won't advocate repealing it unless voters say in a referendum that they want it changed.

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