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Tue November 5, 2013

Cross, 2 Other Republicans Help Pass Same Sex Marriage In House

Rep. Tom Cross
Rep. Tom Cross
Credit ilga.gov

Former House minority leader Tom Cross is among three House Republicans who voted in favor of legislation allowing same-sex marriage in Illinois.  

The Oswego Republican hadn't indicated how he'd vote prior to Tuesday when the House approved the bill 61-54. He currently is seeking higher office with a run for Illinois treasurer.  

He says in a statement he consulted several people before his decision, including his retired minister father. He says supporting same-sex marriage is consistent with his belief in individual freedom, equality and limited government.  

The other Republicans who voted in favor are Rep. Ron Sandack of Downers Grove and Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr. of Mundelein.  
Other Republicans who spoke during floor debate opposed the measure, saying marriage should remain between a man and a woman.