State House and Senate Candidates Talk Gay Marriage
Candidates for the 18th District of the Illinois State Senate and 35th District of the State House appeared at a wide ranging forum. Here are their answers on the gay marriage question.
With an increasing number of states passing gay marriage laws and Illinois' recent civil unions law, the topic of gay marriage is a much talked about one in state legislatures across the country.
In a candidate forum sponsored by the Palos-Orland League of Women Voters on Monday, candidates shared their views on the issue.
Fran Hurley (D-Chicago): Says the issue is not her focus, but she does have a gay relative and, "would hate to deny her the right to marry."
Anthony Martin (D-Chicago): "Due to his faith," he does not support same-sex marriage.
Andrew Byrne Hodorowicz (D-Palos Heights): He is focused on the state's finances and would not support anything that adds costs for the state.
Steve Williams (R-Orland Park): "No. I do not support it."
Ricardo Fernandez (R-Orland Park): "I do not support gay marriage." Fernandez added that civil unions make sense, especially when medical and visitation issues are at stake.
Barbara Bellar (R-Burr Ridge): Did not attend
Bill Cunningham (D-Chicago): Did not attend
Click on the candidates' names for their answers to the full Patch Election Questionnaire and more information about their background.
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