January 14, 2013
Pat Brady, the chairman of the Republican Party in Illinois, says he won’t resign despite backlash from his party over his support of marriage equality. “If people want to throw me out because I took a stand on an issue of discrimination [as] the chairman of the Republican Party, the party founded by Abraham Lincoln, then that’s – that’s up to them and they’re free to do it,” Brady said. “But I’m not backing down.” There have been a number of calls for Brady’s resignation after he released a statement saying that Illinois should legalize marriages for same-sex couples. “Giving gay and lesbian couples the freedom to get married honors the best conservative principles. It strengthens families and reinforces a key Republican value — that the law should treat all citizens equally,” he told the Chicago Sun-Times.