Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says Wisconsin should follow the lead of other Midwest states and legalize gay marriage.

Quinn said at the National Governors Association meeting in Milwaukee that gay people should not have more rights in some states in the region and less in others.

Gay marriage became legal last week in Minnesota. Quinn says he would sign a bill to legalize gay marriage in Illinois, but it is tied up in the Legislature.

He called on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled Legislature to follow the lead of those states.

There is no movement to do that in Wisconsin, which banned gay marriage in a constitutional amendment passed in 2006.

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powmda
powmda

Illinois lecturing WI? On anything? Please! Quinn has plenty of snakes to kill in his own back yard! Clean up the cesspool of Chicago politics and the out-of-control inner city violence, AND the soon-to-collapse pension system and then come lecture us about how to run a state.

epic
epic

It's nice to hear from someone on the moral high ground. I mean, Quinn is presiding over a state that has one of the worst funded public employee pension systems in the country. Chicago has a murder and violence culture that shows no sign of abating and public officials don't have a clue on how to solve these problems. Quinn does not want to allow Illinois residents to possess firearms; just doesn't trust them to use guns responsibly.

Gay marriage? Aside from a minority within a minority, does anyone really care?

timbo
timbo

"Quinn says" but no direct quote? Musta been very inarticulate. As a libertarian, I think govt should get out of marriage, a spiritual union not a legal incorporation, not get deeper into it. 2 wrongs don't make a right. Imagine who comes next after gay marriage is universal: what is left to stop polygamists and iIncestuals?

deernut00
deernut00

Maybe the Illinois Gov. should stick to the problems he has in his own state, and not worry about what other states should be doing. But I suspect he is looking for things to say so he can avoid addressing his own problems.

Galileo
Galileo

Let's put it to a vote, Walker.

Argyle
Argyle

Peoples rights should not be put to popular vote.

happydays
happydays

I completely agree with gay marriage - but who the h-ll is he to tell WI what to do - go home, fix your fiscal problems, your underfunded state pension, teacher's pension and etc. And quit sending your problems to WI also

johnnybragatti
johnnybragatti

The great state of Wisco, which has every bit the crooked government that other states doTthe fact that Illinois had previously 4 Govs. in prison, tells you one thing and one thing only:::: Wisco"s haven't been caught yet??? Pray walker is numero uno!!!

trurl
trurl

Quinn is the least corrupt governor they've had in a long time. That's not saying much, but I'd still take him over Walker.

MagnusP
MagnusP

So go ahead and move there if you feel that strongly. I will stay here where the next election will most likely straighten things out.

MagnusP
MagnusP

I would agree that gay marriage should be legal, however, Gov. Quinn is only an expert on political corruption and abuse of the citizens of Illinois. His comments were not worth the time it took to write this short story.

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