An effort to oust Illinois GOP Chairman
Pat Brady over his support for gay marriage appears to have failed.
Chicago Tribune reported that a special Saturday meeting to
debate Brady's fate was abruptly canceled.
Brady said in a statement in January
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
Sources within the GOP state central
committee told the paper that the effort to fire Brady lacked
State Senator Jim Oberweis, also a
committeeman, has been leading the effort to remove Brady. He
earlier told WBEZ that he had the votes needed.
The Republican Party platform states
that it supports marriage as between a man and a woman.
“We'd have exactly the same reaction
if suddenly Pat decided to talk about the merits of Obamacare,”
Oberweis told WBEZ.
A bill which seeks to make Illinois the
10th marriage equality state awaits action in the House
after passage in the Senate.