Illinois Senator Bill Brady on Friday
congratulated Governor Pat Quinn on his reelection, the
anti-gay campaign rhetoric and predicted win had alarmed gay leaders
in the state, agreed with an Associated Press analysis
delivered on Thursday that said it would not be statistically
possible for him to overcome Quinn's 19,500 lead from the remaining
“There has been no greater honor for
us to be part of the campaign,” he said in Bloomington, then added,
“Governor Quinn won this race.”
Brady enjoyed the support of the Tea
Party and was widely expected to win the race. He carried all but
the state's three most populous counties. Metro Chicago provided
Quinn with more than half of his votes.
Jason Plummer, Brady's running mate,
became emotional in delivering his remarks.
“I got into this race not for
political reasons but because I thought there were problems in
Illinois. I think we articulated ideas well,” he said.
Lawmakers are expected to consider a
bill that recognizes gay and lesbian couples with civil unions.
has said he would like to sign the bill into law. But Brady
supports banning gay marriage in the Illinois Constitution.
In March, Brady authored a bill that
would exempt religious groups from a gay protections law.
Brady's bill, which the Legislature
rejected, sought to carve out exceptions to the Illinois Human Rights
Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual
orientation and gender identity, effectively allowing any
church-affiliated group to discriminate against gay men, lesbians,
bisexual and transgender people. The bill's exceptions would only
apply to workplace protections.