Republicans support gay marriage and win? These three lived to tell the tale. Do they support families rights of the children(house bill ,HB5425) or Do they support the (ISBA,Illinois State Bar Assoc.)?
March 23, 2014 § Leave a comment
March 20 at 1:41 pm
Three state House Republicans voted to legalize gay marriage in Illinois last year, breaking ranks with their party and giving Democrats just enough support to pass the legislation. All three are still standing Thursday despite an intense effort from social conservatives to defeat them in GOP primary voting.
“If you wanted the takeaway to be that voting for gay marriage for an Illinois Republican is the kiss of death, you can’t make that case,” said Kent Redfield, a University of Illinois at Springfield political scientist.
The campaign served as the latest front in the Republican Party’s ongoing internal fight over gay rights. Same-sex marriage advocates in the GOP see what happened in Illinois as another sign the ground is shifting in their favor, while opponents cast it as evidence that Republicans who support gay marriage won’t go unchecked.
Of Tuesday’s winning trio, state Rep. Ron Sandack (R) was the most significant. Challenger Keith Matune conceded to Sandack Wednesday, a day after the incumbent squeaked out a narrow victory that for a time looked like it was headed to a recount. Sandack’s vote for gay marriage became a central focus in his race, which was flooded with money and resources by outside forces on both sides.
Sandack received financial support from Paul Singer, the billionaire hedge fund manager protecting Republicans who support gay marriage with his pocketbook. Singer donated to Sandack’s campaign and also gave thousands more to Illinois Unity PAC, which supported Sandack.
Matune opposed gay marriage and was backed by conservative groups Liberty Principles PAC and Illinois Family Action. The former is headed by conservative radio host Dan Proft and funded heavily by Richard Uihlein, who founded the packaging company Uline.
Elsewhere on Tuesday, state Rep. Ed Sullivan easily won his primary, in which his vote for gay marriage was less of an issue than it was in Sandack’s. Still, it was on the radar, as Singer also gave him money. Sullivan was targeted by an Illinois Family Action mailer featuring two men kissing. “You can kiss the GOP goodbye with officials who vote like Democrats,” it said. Sandack faced the same attack.
State Rep. Tom Cross was the only other Republican to vote for the gay marriage law that will go into effect in June. He comfortably won the Republican nomination for state treasurer.
Gay marriage advocates said the three won by campaigning on multifaceted platforms and refusing to allow the opposition to use the marriage debate as a divisive issue.
“I think for anyone considering using marriage equality as a wedge issue in 2014 or 2016, it should give those individuals pause,” said Gregory Angelo, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay rights group.
But gay marriage remains among the most sensitive topics in the Republican Party, even as more and more states are legalizing it, the public has shifted heavily in its favor and the GOP donor community has vouched for it. Only a handful of Republican senators support same-sex marriage publicly. The Republican National Committeereaffirmed its opposition last year. Sandack, gay marriage opponents say, would never have experienced such a close call if not for his vote.
“The takeaway is, you vote for same sex marriage, you are going to have a serious primary,” said Brian Brown, head of the National Organization For Marriage, a group that opposes gay marriage.
Republicans have paid a price for supporting gay marriage in the past, perhaps most notably in New York where a trio of state senators who supported gay marriage arguably lost their jobs as a result. But gay marriage advocates hope Illinois will help the party turn the page.
A generational divide may march the GOP toward embracing gay marriage more and more. A Pew Research Center poll showed that 61 percent of young Republicans favor same-sex marriage.
This much is clear: The issue is far from settled in the Republican Party. Illinois was proof of that.
How do they show their support where it counts for the children or the ISBA?
It’s 4th and Goal and HB 5425 is on the 1 yard line in the Super Bowl of Democracy. Will you help carry HB 5425 across the goal line to righteous victory??? The children of Illinois await your answer. Wednesday, at the Capitol, we had a wonderful 1.5 hour press conference with many Illinois television markets enthusiastically covering the HB 5425 Shared Parenting story(finally!!!).
But the bigger news is that, through dogged determination, we finally met face to face with Rep. Elaine Nekritz and she said she would call the bill for a vote on Monday, March 24th at the 3pm meeting.
We need just 9 yes votes out of 16 votes to pass HB 5425 to a full house vote. That 16 member vote will no doubt be taken on Monday late afternoon.
Number 1: Call all 16 members(see below) of the Illinois House Judiciary Committee and ask them to vote yes on HB 5425 at Monday’s(March 24th) hearing. If you cannot call all the members, please concentrate on the Democrat members because they are in the majority. Democrat Chairwoman Rep. Elaine Nekritz is against HB 5425 and she wields majority influence over the Judiciary Committee. Ask all representatives or their secretaries to fill out the yellow sheet Co- Sponsor form supporting HB 5425. Inform them that we have 16 co-sponsors listed already so there’s no reason not to be a co-sponsor now. Call today and even all day Monday. Report back all comments, good, bad or in-between to me at NurseRichardThomas@gmail.com
Number 2: Come to the Capitol Monday!!! Call in sick(of injustice), take a personal day, bring family, friends and kids….EVERYONE!!! Hitch hike if you have to, ride a wheel chair in if you have to, but come and get the democracy you’ve longed for. Many kids are on Spring Break – bring the kids. Make it a family Democracy Project. Let them make signs to hold up during the vote. Signs that say “HB 5425 Vote Yes.” If your kids are in school Monday, know this – the best educational experience for kids in the state is at the Capitol Monday(Judiciary Hearing Mar 24 2014 3:00PM Stratton Building Room C-1 Springfield, IL).
So, you are the quarterback at the Super Bowl and if you choose to sit on the sidelines, Illinois children will continue to suffer with no assurance that they could be the next victim of the Illinois Family Law Business, a 50 billion dollar a year business. HB 5425 is so close to the most critical victory of getting passed the House Judiciary Committee. We can win – but ONLY if you get in the game right now!
Click on below for full list of Illinois House Judiciary Committee members. There are 6 Republicans, 10 Democrats and Rep. Welch has already signed on has a co-sponsor. Make the calls(respectfully, but insistent) TODAY!!!