Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2017-05-24
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

IL Treasurer Dan Rutherford still against same-sex marriage
by Kate Sosin, Windy City Times
2013-01-11

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


In a statement consistent with his past comments but running contrary to his longstanding support of LGBTs, State Treasurer Dan Rutherford has stated that he is not backing same-sex marriage in Illinois.

His comments come just two days after pro-gay lawmakers reintroduced legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage on Jan. 9.

Rutherford has earned a good deal of respect among many LGBTs over the years. In 2010, he was the only GOP senator to vote in favor of civil unions.

"As senator, Dan Rutherford has been crucial on a number of our issues," said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois.

Rutherford told Windy City Times that he backed a number of LGBT issues when in the General Assembly but that his stance on same-sex marriage has not changed.

"As I see the marriage, I'm just not there," he said. "I see a difference from the religious standpoint of it, and so that is something that I have not endorsed. But again, I'm very supportive of what I think are fair issues."

Rutherford expressed similar views in October when he participated in a small Equality Illinois forum with marriage bill sponsor Rep. Greg Harris.

Rutherford stated that his party, "has not been real good at appreciating and understanding diversity." But he declined to state if his views might evolve on the issue of marriage.

Pressed again on whether his stance could change, Rutherford was not closed off to the conversation.

"I think the fair thing for me to say is I am always receptive to discussion," he said. "I am always going to look as things may change or evolve to evaluate at the time. So, I'm absolutely, you know, let me see what the final language [of the bill] is."

Rutherford's statements come shortly after Illinois Republican Chair Pat Brady announced his support for the bill. Brady has taken heat from his party and religious groups over that announcement.

Rutherford's stance could be particularly important down the line. His name has been floated as a possible 2014 Republican gubernatorial candidate.

Cherkasov said Equality Illinois has seen a growing number of Republicans evolve on equal marriage over the years and that the organization will continue discussions with Rutherford.

"Sometimes it just takes longer for some than for others," he said.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Taiwan first Asian country to OK marriage 2017-05-24 - On May 24, Taiwan's constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to legally marry—making it the first Asian country to approve ...


Gay News

'Freedom to Marry' shows Evan Wolfson as marriage architect 2017-05-24 - Widely considered the "architect of same-sex marriage," Evan Wolfson and his colleagues led a decades-long battle to win equal rights for LGBT people, ...


Gay News

World news: Canadian stamp, Pride festivals, Bermuda OKs marriage 2017-05-16 - The latest Canada Post stamp commemorating Canada's 150th birthday pays tribute to the fact that same-sex couples have the right to get married ...


Gay News

TN Governor Signs Bill Undermining Protections for LGBTQ People and Women 2017-05-05 - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released the following statement condemning Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's decision to sign ...


Gay News

Lambda Legal Files Brief Against Oregon Judge Who Refused to Marry Same-Sex Couples 2017-05-02 - ( Salem, OR, May 2, 2017 ) — Today, Lambda Legal filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Oregon Supreme Court arguing that it ...


Gay News

Plaintiff Seeks to Unseal Video of California 'Prop 8' Marriage Equality Trial 2017-04-28 - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil ...


Gay News

CELEBRATIONS DeShawn-Powell, Pagels-Minor 2017-04-05 - WEDDINGS DeShawn-Powell On March 25, Anna DeShawn, founder/CEO of E3 Radio, married Ka'Kawana Powell at Stan Mansion, surrounded by family and friends. Photo ...


Gay News

Hotel to host diverse wedding event April 9 2017-04-05 - In the largest wedding celebration in the history of the hotel and the building that houses it dating back to 1893, the Chicago ...


Gay News

World news: Gay-panic defense, being 'Bi+,' Taiwan marriage case 2017-03-28 - South Australia is now the only jurisdiction that allows the gay-panic defense to be used after Queensland amended its criminal law and abolished ...


Gay News

Federal court: Florida death certificates must reflect same-sex relationships 2017-03-23 - ( Miami March 23, 2017 ) —Today, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida ruled that the state must issue ...


 



Copyright © 2017 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.