Illinois Republican chairman under fire for bucking his party on issue of gay marriage
It seems that certain homophobes in the Land of Lincoln are UP IN ARMS these days:
For refusing to toe the party line over same-sex marriage in Illinois, state GOP Chairman Pat Brady [above] is now facing an intra-party backlash with some Republican officials calling for his resignation.
In the waning days of the state Senate’s lame-duck session, Brady encouraged his GOP colleagues to support the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. Brady noted his statements were made as a private citizen and not as part of his official role with the Illinois Republican Party.
Still, many in the beleaguered party have turned on the party chairman.
The anti-gay group the National Organization for Marriage has also stepped up to the plate in its attempt to block a bipartisan effort to bring marriage equality to Illinois. NOM has called for Brady’s resignationand said its PAC would spend $250,000 to defeat any Republican that votes in favor of same-sex marriage in Illinois.
“Any Republican in Illinois who betrays the cause of marriage will be casting a career-ending vote and will be held accountable to their constituents,” Brian Brown, NOM president, threatened in a statement.
While his partymen may be up in arms over his direct contradiction of the GOP platform, Crain’s Chicago Business found at least one influential ally in Brady’s corner: U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk.
A statement from Kirk’s office said “Senator Kirk has full confidence in Pat Brady’s leadership as chairman of the Illinois Republican Party and looks forward to working with him to elect Republicans in 2014.”