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Gay marriage not a 2014 primary issue, so far

When Illinois lawmakers readied for a same-sex marriage vote last month, conservative groups vowed to help mount primary challenges against those who voted yes.

But now that gay marriage is Illinois law, that threat seems to have evaporated.

A coalition of pastors that launched an aggressive campaign against gay marriage and said it would target black House Democrats dropped the pursuit. Even challengers to three House Republicans who voted "yes" haven't made it much of a 2014 issue yet.

Experts say a major reason is that public opinion has changed quickly, leaving less political risk.

Of the 14 black House Democrats who voted yes, only half have primary challengers. And none of challengers reached by The Associated Press say the gay marriage vote was a main motivator for seeking office.

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