A large majority of the GOP officials who attempted to oust former Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady for his support of gay marriage have lost their party positions.

Six of the seven state central committee members who last year signed a letter calling for Brady's removal lost their re-election campaigns this week.

Brady came out in favor marriage equality as lawmakers debated a marriage bill, saying in a statement that it “strengthens and reinforces a key Republican value – that the law should treat all citizens equally.”

Citing personal reasons, Brady resigned last May.

“There were some people that have moved on that were great, and then there were others that were absolutely destructive and were not good for the party and they're gone,” Brady told the AP. “All in all, it was a good night, [bringing in] a lot of new blood.”

(Related: Illinois county issues 1,000 marriage licenses to gay couples before law's start.)