Cohn: This has been an important topic that's being discussed all around the country right now - gay marriage. Where do you stand on gay marriage?Rauner: Gay marriage is, it's an important issue. I think it's best decided by the voters. Frankly either voter referendum or whatever format voters think makes sense. I think the voters should decide that issue.Cohn: You don't have a personal feeling about gay marriage?Rauner: I really don't. I think it's best done by the voters. By society should accept it when the time is right for them.Kass: Ok, now, um, I've written a column about you, accused of being glowing terms, because I think that you have the wherewithal to do some of the things that are necessary in this state, but the other thing that's necessary is that if you're gonna do this, you have to win the Republican primary. Mark Kirk has already come out in favor of it. By you're saying 'let the voters decide,' it'll be seen as you're dodging the question. Where do you stand on gay marriage?Rauner: Here, John, here's the important issue. There are many very important social issues - reproductive rights, abortion, gay marriage, other issues - and the reality is, our state is in dire, dire condition. And if we argue among ourselves on social issues today rather than focusing like a laser on our economy, on the graft in the inefficiency and corruption and waste in springfield and on our education system - which is the future for our children and the Illinois economy - unless we focus like a laser on those three issues, if we allow ourselves to get distracted by other arguments, they're important arguments, but if we allow ourselves to get distracted, we won't fix the core problems of the state.Kass: I understand what you're saying, and I don't mean to be rude, and I accept the argument, however, with this one proviso: That's good if you're the businessman who's trying to solve business issues. But as a man who would try to win the Republican primary, either you say 'I can live with gay marriage' or 'I'm against it.' Because if you do that kind of walk on the fence thing, I don't know if that suggests leadership on issues that are critical to people. Whether you're for or against gay marriage is a big deal here.Rauner: No, but here's the bottom line: Leadership needs to be on the issues that matter most and that are most critical. That's where we've gotta show leadership. I believe the voters should decide on gay marriage. That's not lacking leadership, that's saying voters decide. If, for example, the legislature passes gay marriage, I'm not gonna fight to reverse it. If they don't pass it, I'm not gonna advocate for it. At the right time, the voters will make their views known. I think that's a good outcome.