Today, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner  released a new campaign ad mocking marriage equality by joining two of his opponents together in a farcical same-sex wedding.


The new TV ad depicting an “unholy union” between Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker and House Speaker Michael Madigan drew immediate condemnation from the state's largest LGBTQ advocacy organization.


“We are deeply disappointed by Gov. Rauner’s new campaign ad that mocks marriage equality by tying two of his opponents together in a parody wedding," said Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois, the state’s civil rights organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Illinoisans.


While Rauner, a Republican, supports marriage equality, the GOP platform does not.


“We remind the governor that the official platform of the party he leads opposes marriage equality," Johnson continued. "A recent national poll found that a plurality of Republicans still oppose marriage equality.   There is still much work to be done to move the hearts and minds of many Republican voters to value the dignity of same-sex weddings.  As someone who has officiated same-sex weddings, Gov Rauner could serve as a model of inclusivity and use his campaign to vigorously promote full acceptance of LGBTQ Illinoisans.  Instead, he chooses to raise the specter of gay marriage to turnout the most extreme elements of his base.  We recognize a dog whistle when we hear one".


The controversial ad ends with the officiant proclaiming Illinois "fu*ked".


“The governor should be ashamed of using the LGBTQ community for comedic value to make a political hit.  Our weddings are not a joke.  Gov. Rauner does not represent Illinois’ values with this ad," said Johnson.





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