Bruce Rauner had other plans yesterday during the 45th Annual Chicago Gay Pride Parade, reported CBS Local News. Rauner is not only a "no show" for the Gay Pride Parade, but according to LGBT activists, Rauner is a "no show" for gay rights and marriage equality. Rich Miller's Capitol Fax goes into great detail on Rauner's "no show" and Quinn's "show."
Governor Pat Quinn, on the other hand, was a "show" for the Gay Pride Parade, and is also a "show" for gay rights and marriage equality. It is clear that Governor Quinn has been "showing" and marching with the LGBT community since this historic trek toward marriage equality began, and culminated after a long, protracted battle on Nov. 20, 2013, when Governor Quinn signed Senate Bill 10 into law at a ceremony at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Forum. Representative Greg Harris and Senator Heather Steans sponsored the Senate Bill 10.
Governor Pat Quinn knows one of the basic rules of politics is "showing" up. Today, Governor Quinn showed up to the Chicago Gay Pride Parade and at the Crew Bar and Grill located at 4804 N. Broadway in Chicago, screened a new campaign video that highlights the historic march toward marriage equality. The new video shows Governor Quinn alongside advocates, legislators and members of the community fighting for the historic equal rights measure. As the Governor says in one clip, "It's always the right time to do the right thing - and it is the right thing."
The Windy City Times reported Bruce Rauner said at a November Tea Party speaking engagement in Quincy, Illinois, Rauner that he would have vetoed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, since he thought it was an issue that should have been put to voters in a referendum.
That crack by Rauner inflamed the LGBT community.
Governor Quinn said, "I didn’t need a referendum to tell me what was the right thing to do." Rauner claims that his candidacy for governor has "no" social agenda. Rauner considers himself a social moderate and a fiscal conservative who has no "social agenda."
But apparently he does, clearly sending a message to the LGBT community with his failure to march with them and to continue to paly to the right-wing base by intimating the law can be overturned by a "referendum." Nearly a million people packed the streets on Chicago’s North Side for the Gay Pride Parade.
Since Governor Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 10, in Cook County alone, the Cook County Clerk David Orr has issued more than 3,000 marriage licenses to same-sex couples since Feb. 21 when the very first marriage license was issued,
A spokesman for Rauner said he had a "scheduling conflict." More like a "messaging conflict."
He has made that quite clear, in fact, that if he were governor at the time when the same-sex marriage bill was going through state legislature, he would not have signed the bill if it came to his desk and for that he has drawn the ire of LGBT community.
Everybody loves a parade, but apparently Rauner does not.