By Associated Press - Thursday, February 27, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Republicans running for Illinois governor say they don’t object to gay marriage on a personal level, but they don’t support Illinois’ new same-sex marriage law.

The question came up at a debate Thursday hosted by the League of Women Voters of Illinois, WLS-TV and Univision. Illinois’ new same-sex marriage law takes effect later this year, but numerous couples have been able to wed early after court rulings.

State Sens. Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady voted against the legislation late last year. Both say they believe in the traditional definition of marriage.

Businessman Bruce Rauner (ROW’-nur) says the issue should have been put to the voters with a referendum.

Treasurer Dan Rutherford (ROOTH’-ur-furd) voted for civil unions in 2010 while he was a lawmaker. He didn’t elaborate on the new law.

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