Tumblr Icon RSS Icon

Illinois Republicans Fail To Oust Chairman Who Supports Marriage Equality

By Zack Ford on March 11, 2013 at 4:56 pm

"Illinois Republicans Fail To Oust Chairman Who Supports Marriage Equality"

Share:

google plus icon

In early January, Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady spoke out in favor of marriage equality. Despite push-back from conservatives, as well as the National Organization for Marriage, Brady stood by his position. Last week, the state Republican Party’s central committee organized a meeting to consider ousting Brady over his controversial endorsement, but that meeting ended up not happening.

According to the State Journal-Register, the committee canceled that Saturday meeting late on Friday for two reasons: concern that firing Brady would limit the party’s appeal to moderate voters and more importantly, because it became clear that there weren’t enough votes. Apparently there were some members who had concerns about Brady that weren’t related to his position on marriage, but they didn’t want to be associated with the people opposed to him for that.

A recent study found that supporting marriage equality does not endanger Republicans’ chances of re-election, except when other conservatives wage campaigns of vengeance.

‹ PREVIOUS
Chick-fil-A Will Not Be Coming Back To Emory University

NEXT ›
BREAKING: Colorado House Approves Initial Reading Of Civil Unions

By clicking and submitting a comment I acknowledge the ThinkProgress Privacy Policy and agree to the ThinkProgress Terms of Use. I understand that my comments are also being governed by Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, or Hotmail’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policies as applicable, which can be found here.