An effort to oust Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady over his support for gay marriage appears to have failed.

The 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 equally.”

Sources within the GOP state central committee told the paper that the effort to fire Brady lacked sufficient support.

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.