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  [IL] GOP state lawmaker backs same-sex marriage bill
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Last EditedHomegrown Democrat  Apr 08, 2013 04:39am
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AuthorRick Pearson
MediaNewspaper - Chicago Tribune
News DateMonday, April 8, 2013 10:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionState Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr. of Mundelein said Sunday he will support a bill to allow gay marriage in Illinois, becoming the second House Republican to do so and first among leadership.

Sullivan, who is chairman of the House Republican campaign organization, said his decision to back same-sex marriage represented a personal and family evolution on the issue. Previously an opponent of civil unions, Sullivan told the Tribune that his mother-in-law, who lives in the southwest suburbs, has been in a same-sex relationship.

"The first reaction from people might be, 'Well he might be voting for that just because of his mother-in-law,'" Sullivan said. "The reality is, because my mother-in-law is gay, I have more of an understanding and familiarity with same-sex couples."
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