USA, Illinois: GOP Divided Over Marriage Equality in State

Written by scott on August 28th, 2013

Illinois GOP Chair Pat BradyWe have a couple new stories this morning illustrating the divide in the GOP over marriage equality in Illinois. First off the ACLU hired the former Republican Chair to work on the marriage equality bill effort.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Pat Brady left his GOP post earlier this year after he said he supported gay marriage. He later started what he describes as a government affairs firm with Matt Strawn, the former chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa. It’s called Next Generation Public Affairs, Inc. The firm announced Tuesday that it’ll help the ACLU’s Illinois chapter lobby GOP lawmakers. So far, two Illinois Republicans say they’re in favor.

Illinois State Senator Kirk DillardOn the flip side, Kirk Dillard, a GOP candidate for governor, said he wanted to repeal the state’s civil unions law.

Windy City reports:

State Sen. Kirk Dillard (24th) stated in a 2012 candidate questionnaire to that he supported rolling back Illinois civil unions, which took effect June 2011, the blog reported. In the questionnaire, published in full by Capitol Fax, Dillard writes that the civil unions law, “is a litigious nightmare!!” [sic.].

No news yet on when to expect to vote again on the marriage equality bill in the state.


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