Illinois Republican party chairman resigns

Tue May 7, 2013 7:59pm EDT

(Reuters) - Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady resigned on Tuesday less than a month after surviving a challenge by some party leaders after he voiced public support for gay marriage as the state legislature considers a bill to legalize same-sex nuptials.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as chairman of the Illinois Republican Party for nearly the last four years," Brady said in a letter posted on the party website that said he was resigning effective immediately.

Brady, who thanked his wife Julie and four children, did not mention the battle with the Illinois Republican Party's central committee in April in his letter. He had held the post since 2009.

"Although the role will change, I will continue to be active in Illinois and national politics in a variety of capacities, including organizations supporting our candidates in the upcoming gubernatorial and congressional races," he said.

Conservative state Senator Jim Oberweis had spearheaded the effort to remove Brady as chairman, in part due to Brady's voiced support for a same-sex marriage law and the party's weak showing in the November election.

Illinois Republicans lost seats in Congress, and both chambers of the state legislature in November.

The Illinois state Senate on Valentine's Day voted to legalize gay marriage in President Barack Obama's home state, and Democratic Governor Pat Quinn has said he would sign such a law. The issue has not been brought for a vote in the House.

Public opinion polls show a majority of Americans believe that same sex marriage should be legal and a small but growing group of Republican politicians have also endorsed it, including Illinois U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, who did so in April.

Some 30 U.S. states have passed constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage, while 10 states and the District of Columbia allow it. Delaware was set to become the 11th U.S. State to allow gay marriage after the state Senate approved a bill legalizing it on Tuesday.

(Reporting by David Bailey in Minneapolis and Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Phil Berlowitz)

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rcknason wrote:
“Public opinion polls show a majority of Americans believe that same sex marriage should be legal.” I doubt that!! or maybe that is what is wrong with this Country. You stupid people are the ones that want to protect your kids from all the wrong things. We have NO Morals left. America is Not God! However, we also brake Gods Laws! Just don’t brake their law. Maybe they should legalize Drugs, etc. I have to live in danger with Addicts and other things all the time. Here is a another problem I hate!! I can Kill terrorists according to the US Military and that Is DANGEROUS too. However, Big Brother cares for my safety under Il.State Law You have to wear a seat belt. I was also an E.M.T. I don’t AGREE! My dad always said, Illinois Has the highest corrupt officials Gov., Judges, etc. He was right! I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK!!

May 07, 2013 10:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
alSheik wrote:
You doubt that? You are either ignoring many surveys that have been done recently or you are just lying to yourself. Either way, the country that you want back has moved on from the good old moral days of such things as legal racism and hiding addicts and making them ashamed of what they struggle with, and it appears to be moving forward without you. Good luck getting it back.

May 07, 2013 11:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
citizen033 wrote:
I’m thankful for real conservatives like Oberweis. Illinois has more than enough RINOs running around (Mark Kirk comes to mind at the federal level).

IL already grants equal rights to gays in civil unions. The quest for “gay marriage” there and RI and MN and elsewhere is not about fairness, and it really does represent a perversion of an institution that does not belong to the gay community. It is as offensive and hurtful a move toward the hetro community as the anti-sodomy laws (that are rightly being repealed in most places).

May 10, 2013 1:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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