The Republican candidates for governor say they’re mostly against legislation to allow business to turn away gay customers based on the religious beliefs of the proprietor. Such a measure is percolating in several states, and was vetoed in Arizona last week. Bruce Rauner says a measure like that wouldn’t stand a chance if he were governor.

“From what I’ve read about that Arizona bill, I would absolutely veto it,” he said.


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Treasurer Dan Rutherford also is unequivocal in being against such a law.

 State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) wants to make sure religious institutions are protected, but says it’s harder to justify discrimination by businesses.

State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) says he’s for protecting religious freedom, but he would balance that vs. someone’s right not to face discrimination. “As governor of this state, I will work to protect religious freedoms, but also protect the interests of all Illinois citizens. There’s a balance there. It’s not always black and white, it’s not always hot and cold. It’s a balance that you have to do,” he said.

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