Quinn: Not sure of his support of gay marriage

Quinn: Not sure of his support of gay marriage

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In this May 2010 file photo, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speaks at the 48th Annual Governor's Prayer Breakfast in Springfield, Ill. After Rod Blagojevich was arrested on corruption charges and tossed out of office as governor, Quinn suddenly found himself running a state shaken by scandal and nearly paralyzed by a budget crisis. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

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Posted on February 14, 2012 at 5:18 PM

CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he doesn't know if he would support legislation that would give same sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples.

   The Democrat supported same sex civil unions, which became legal in Illinois last summer. However, he said Tuesday he wants to study issues surrounding same-sex marriage before he makes a decision..

   The "Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act" was introduced in the Illinois House earlier this month. It would eliminate the part of state law that prohibits gay marriages and offer same sex couples the rights currently available exclusively to heterosexual couples.

   The measure also says religious groups will be free to decide which marriages they will perform.
 

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