Green Party Senate candidate supports gay marriage

Thu. September 30, 2010 4:53 PM by News Staff

Chicago, IL - Green Party Illinois Senate candidate told the Associated Press on Thursday that if elected he would vote to legalize same-sex marriage though he personally opposes it.

Jones tells the AP that he thinks its best for government to stay out of people's bedrooms. He also supports allowing gay and lesbians to serve openly in the military.

Jones is running against Democrat Alexi Giannoulias and Republican Mark Kirk for President Obama's old Senate seat.

Giannoulias supports same-sex marriage and has called for the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the 1993 law that forbids gay troops from revealing their sexuality.

Kirk lost the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign when he voted against DADT in May. He also opposes marriage equality.

A new Time/CNN poll shows Giannoulias favored by 43 percent of likely voters polled. Kirk had 42 percent with Jones trailing at 8 percent.

The poll of 828 likely Illinois voters was conducted by telephone Sept. 24-28 by Opinion Research Corp. The margin of error for each result is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.