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.

There had to be a little rain on our parade.

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  • brent

    I’m sure this won’t make KIWI Happy or however you spell it.

  • Cam


    No Brent actually that is the problem with you GOPers. You look at any good news that comes from the other party “Such as OBama signing DADT repeal, or coming out in favor of gay marriage.” as something you have to attack because it didn’t come from you.

    I say thank you to the IL state GOP chair. Mr. Brady from this little clip sounds like a great man and I would be happy to support him. I hope that the state party falls in line with him.

    But again, Brent, look at your post. You couldn’t be happy for what was happening, you had to use it as an opportunity to attack. That has been the problem with the National GOP for the last few election cycles. Running campaigns of resentment isn’t good for anybody.

  • 2eo

    @Cam: This.

    Brent and his ilk should be imprisoned, they pose a real threat to the citizens of America, and they need eliminating to protect the civilians.

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