Harold clarifies same-sex stance

Harold clarifies same-sex stance

CHAMPAIGN — Republican attorney general candidate Erika Harold said today that she supports same-sex adoption and foster parenting rights.

Harold, an Urbana attorney who was in Champaign Friday afternoon at a reception with Gov. Bruce Rauner, rejected a position she has been alleged to have voiced as a contestant for Miss America in 2000 when she was 19 years old.

"I don't call the specific exchange that was alleged by those sources," she said during the appearance at the El Toro Restaurant on South Neil Street. "But if I said it it was absolutely wrong and I couldn't be more clear than my position today is I support same-sex adoption and same-sex foster parenting.

"I'm running for attorney general because I want to make sure that everyone is treated fairly under the law."

Harold is running against Burr Ridge attorney Gary Grasso in the Republican primary for attorney general on Tuesday.

She said she was optimistic four days before the day most Illinois voters will go to the polls.

"I feel really confident going into Election Day. We've had great endorsements from newspapers throughout the state, great endorsements from Republican organizations throughout the state and a lot of grassroots enthusiasm so I'm excited to get into Election Day and to see who my general election opponent will be."

Rauner today called Harold "one of the great new future leaders for the state of Illinois."

"She's the primary reason that Lisa Madigan decided not to run, because she knows how good Erika Harold is," the governor said.

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