Some Illinois GOP state party bosses are seeking to unseat state chairman Pat Brady over his support for a gay marriage law.

Brady said in a statement last month that legalizing the institution for gay and lesbian couples “honors the best conservative principles. It strengthens and reinforces a key Republican value – that the law should treat all citizens equally.”

Party leaders immediately pounced on Brady; some called for his resignation. But Brady has stood by his remarks.

“If people want to throw me out because I took on an issue of discrimination [as] the chairman of the Republican Party, the party founded by Abraham Lincoln, then that's – that's up to them and they're free to do it. But I'm not backing down,” he said.

On Friday, Brady told WBEZ that party bosses have called a March 9 special meeting to discuss his stance on the issue.

According to WBEZ, Brady's ouster would require “the weighted vote of three-fifths of the state central committee.”

State Senator Jim Oberweis, also a committeeman, said there is sufficient support to fire Brady.

“We'd have exactly the same reaction if suddenly Pat decided to talk about the merits of Obamacare,” Oberweis said.