A couple marriage equality stories out of Illinois. First off, the GOP Chairman who supported marriage equality is set to step down. Joe.My.God reports:
The Illinois GOP’s beleaguered party chairman is stepping down because of personal and professional reasons. Top Republican officials have told the Daily Herald that Chairman Pat Brady of St. Charles will announce the move Tuesday morning, effective immediately. Brady declined to comment Monday about the decision. Brady — whose term expires in 2014 — came under fire earlier this year because of his statements supporting same-sex marriage. He later survived several ouster attempts by state central committeemen led by state Sen. Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove and Jerry Clarke, former chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren.
It’s sad that, after two failed attempts to remove him, Brady is stepping down. No word on what motivated this decision now.
In other GOP news, Instinct Magazine reports that a GOP representative who was booed for his support of the pending marriage equality bill is standing firm:
The Defend Marriage rally was organized by the Illinois Family Institute, a conservative non-profit that opposes Senate Bill 10–the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act–which was passed by the Illinois Senate in February and is awaiting a vote by the House. A counter-protest was organized by two Chicago-based pro-LGBTQ groups, the Civil Rights Agenda and the Gay Liberation Network. Sandack, one of only two Republicans in the Illinois House who support the same-sex marriage bill, did not plan to attend the rallies, but made a brief appearance to defend his position.
Our sincere thanks go out to these GOP politicians who are sticking their necks out to support marriage equality.