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Quinn says Wisconsin should legalize gay marriage

Published On: Aug 03 2013 12:08:06 PM CDT

MILWAUKEE -

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says Wisconsin should follow the lead of other Midwest states and legalize gay marriage.

Quinn said Saturday during a break at the National Governors Association meeting in Milwaukee that gay people should not have more rights in some states in the region and less in others.

Gay marriage became legal this week in Minnesota. Quinn says he would sign a bill to legalize gay marriage in Illinois, but it is tied up in the Legislature.

He called on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled Legislature to follow the lead of those states.

There is no movement to do that in Wisconsin, which banned gay marriage in a constitutional amendment passed in 2006.

Quinn also says he wants to work with his neighboring states and won't "engage in kicking the shins of other governors."

The Democratic Quinn's comments came Saturday during a break at the National Governors Association meeting. Quinn was asked how he feels about Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker trying to lure Illinois businesses to Wisconsin.

Walker also repeatedly denigrates Illinois for raising taxes and having an unfunded pension system.

Quinn says he sees Illinois and Wisconsin as being part of a regional economy and it doesn't do any good to have governors trying to recruit businesses from one state to the other.

Walker is avoiding conflict at the meeting in Milwaukee, saying he is there to work with other governors and not compete.

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