As gay-rights activists prepare to push for gay marriage in Illinois, they cannot count on the support of at least one prominent Republican who had backed civil unions. Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford was one of just a handful of Republicans who voted in favor of civil unions two years ago, when he was still a state senator. Rutherford says he thought it was appropriate to allow individuals, same or opposite sex, to make agreements that would affect things like end-of-life care and hospital visits. But he says gay marriage is another issue:
"I think that gay marriage goes into a religious type of agreement or arrangement, and I don't support it."
Rutherford is considering a run for governor in 2014. Gay marriage advocates in the Illinois legislature say they're within "striking distance" of having enough votes to pass the measure in January. Democratic Governor Pat Quinn says he hopes lawmakers send him a bill legalizing gay marriage.
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