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Chairman of Illinois Repulican Party Supports State Gay-Marriage Bill

pat bradyAs Illinois lawmakers get ready to consider a marriage-equality bill this week, the measure has gotten support from a surprising corner: Pat Brady, chairman of the Illinois Republican Party.

On Wednesday Brady said a same-sex-marriage bill in Springfield has his “full support” and indicated he is personally contacting Republican legislators to garner votes for the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act.

“More and more Americans understand that if two people want to make a lifelong commitment to each other, government should not stand in their way,” Brady said in a statement. “Giving gay and lesbian couples the freedom to get married honors the best conservative principles. It strengthens families and reinforces a key Republican value—that the law should treat all citizens equally.”

Brady, who was elected as the State Chairman in August 2009, clarified he was expressing his views as an individual and not as the leader of the state GOP organization.

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