Bill Brady Wants To Change Illinois Constitution To Ban Gay Marriage

First Posted: 02-11-10 09:23 AM   |   Updated: 04-13-10 05:12 AM

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Though the winner of the GOP gubernatorial nomination is still a toss up between Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady, front-runner Brady is already making plans for the Illinois gay community--he wants to change state Constitution to ban same-sex marriages.

"I'm trying to give the government back to the people," Sen. Brady (R-Bloomington) said regarding his proposal, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Apparently, he means the straight people.

The proposal would also ban civil unions in the state.

Though Brady ran promising to rid the state of insider corruption and overspending, his ultra-conservative values were rarely addressed throughout the campaign.

Aside from his opposition to gay marriage and civil unions, Brady voted against a state law passed in 2005 that banned discrimination against gays and lesbians in matters of housing and employment, according to a Chicago Tribune profile.

Brady is also against abortion in cases of rape and incest--and cases when the health of the mother is at risk. He wants to allow schools to teach creationism as well.

Brady's opponent Dillard is also opposed to gay marriage and civil unions, but it was not clear whether he would try to change the Constitution over the issue.

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Shawn Healy, managing director of the McCormick Freedom Project, said Brady likely made the proposal as a defensive measure:

"As for the advantage of banning something that it already illegal, it's a defensive measure more than anything to stave off judicial rulings and legislative maneuvers that would make gay marriage or civil unions legal," Healy told HuffPost Chicago in an email. "The Defense of Marriage Act accomplished this on a statutory level, and a slew of state constitutional amendments responded to the Massachusetts ruling to prevent similar judicial decrees. Proposition 8 in California was an ex post facto response to a court ruling."

The proposal is another serious hit for the gay community in Illinois. While Dan Hynes campaigned promising that he would work for marriage equality, Gov. Pat Quinn opposes gay marriage, leaving many wondering if gay marriage will ever happen in Illinois.

Healy said Brady probably won't line up the votes needed for a constitutional amendment, "however, he could and likely will wield his veto pen to reject any measure granting civil unions or gay marriage."

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Though the winner of the GOP gubernatorial nomination is still a toss up between Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady, front-runner Brady is already making plans for the Illinois gay community--he wants to cha...
Though the winner of the GOP gubernatorial nomination is still a toss up between Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady, front-runner Brady is already making plans for the Illinois gay community--he wants to cha...
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Peter Danbridge   12:08 PM on 3/02/2010
"I'm trying to give the government back to the people," Sen. Brady (R-Bloomington) said regarding his proposal."

Yes, because we gays are subhumans, not really people at all.
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elijah24   02:42 PM on 3/09/2010
I don't think YOUR humanity is what should be in question here. Quinns position isn't much better on this issue, but at least he isnt assertively trying to change the constitution. I guess I'll volunteer to keep brady (lowercase intentional) out of the Governors Mansion, then try to get a decent person into the office in 4 years.
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OneConservative   01:20 PM on 2/13/2010
The genius Pat Quinn is taking a play from the 1984 Walter Mondale campaign. He is telling everyone he wants to raise taxes. Why would anyone vote for him?

Hopefully, Brady, who only go about 6% of the Republican primary votes in the the 6 county Chicago metro area, can capitalize and bring us back on tract.

As it is, under Blago / Quinn, the state is about $14 billion in the whole by the time 2011 comes around.
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Coloradem   02:09 PM on 2/13/2010
tract? whole?

I've always had a policy of not taking political advice from someone who cannot spell.
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OneConservative   01:16 PM on 2/13/2010
The Democrat party smear machine is getting it ramped up early.
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Coloradem   02:11 PM on 2/13/2010
It isn't a "smear" to publicize your opponent's policies and voting record. Generally politicians pay campaing managers to do that for them.
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Quaoar   07:24 PM on 2/13/2010
How so? It doesn't look like they any of Brady's voting record or public statements were distorted in the article above.
pmc617   12:34 PM on 2/13/2010
The only way the GOP could screw up winning the Governor's race is to run a far right wing, religious idealogue against Pat Quinn. Illinois is ready for a change, but not back to the late 17th century.

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rchsod   10:36 PM on 2/12/2010
jesus h christ IOWA has gay marriages. teaching creationism will do wonders for a high schooler`s transcripts...

this is the republican party that ran that alan keyes...
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Kdog630   04:26 PM on 2/12/2010
This makes me so proud to be a native Illinoisan. He also feels that legalizing medical marijuana would lead to abuse so who cares about the pain and suffering of those who might benefit from its use.

I'll be voting for the guy who let the violent criminals out of jail early. Even he is a better choice than this hack.
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BluebirdofUnhappiness   11:46 PM on 2/12/2010
Cosigned. Why can't we get decent candidates for governor? Last time around lesser of 2 evils gave us Blago.
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Coloradem   03:38 PM on 2/12/2010
Supporting documentation on candidate Rutherford's orientation:

http://www.illinoisfamily.org/news/contentview.asp?c=22604
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Kdog630   04:41 PM on 2/12/2010
I wouldn't call that supporting documentation. It's propaganda put forth by an anti-gay 'pro-family' group. Do I believe he is gay? Yes. But not because this group of bigots is telling me so.
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Peter Danbridge   12:09 PM on 3/02/2010
"upholding life and liberty"

It's beyond comprehension, the way these bigots see themselves.
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Coloradem   03:33 PM on 2/12/2010
Brady might want to meet with the Republican Candidate for State Treasurer, Dan Rutherford on issues of gay rights. Rutherford's sexual orientation (gay) is the worst kept secret in political circles in Illinois.
jcranman   02:38 PM on 2/12/2010
Let's change the constitution to ban stupidity, greed, racism, irrational thoughts, pining, and Bill Brady
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tacevad   02:30 PM on 2/12/2010
is this an example of a "we need a smaller government" proponent? Smaller when it comes to taxation and paying for social programs but looming large in telling wAmericans what they can't do or how they should think.
newtom   01:17 PM on 2/12/2010
March boldly toward the past, Bill! You're out of step with the times.

Creationism isn't science, it's religion. Certainly you understand (after all these years in politics) that there's a separation of church and state. And that goes for marriage equality, too. Believe what you want but don't try to force it on everyone else.
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stargazer13   01:22 PM on 2/12/2010
looks like so many years have gone by that the line has faded a bit time to repaint it !!
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Jeremy Fritz   01:02 PM on 2/14/2010
Nice comment!

There's also a HUUUUGE difference between a civil marriage and a religious marriage. Keep 'em separate and allow EVERYONE to choose which one you want to practice.
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ebroadcast   01:07 PM on 2/12/2010
Ban gay marriage and teach creationism in schools? Are you freakin kidding me? This guy is another leftover from the 20 century (if not 19th).
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stargazer13   01:01 PM on 2/12/2010
Brady is a problem ! judging by the pic huge ones !!
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Trance2010   12:10 PM on 2/12/2010
Creationism should be taught in the right context. Not as part of a science course, but as an elective on superstitions.
grovestand12   11:39 AM on 2/12/2010
"He wants to allow schools to teach creationism as well." Great, as if American children were not uneducated enough already.

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