Illinois' GOP Chair Backs Same-Sex Marriage
Says it 'honors the best conservative principles'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 3, 2013 9:54 AM CST
In this August 2009 file photo, newly-elected Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady acknowledges applause while at the Illinois State Fair during a Republican Day rally in Springfield, Ill.   (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

(Newser) – Are Republicans changing their tune on gay marriage? Illinois Party Chairman Pat Brady is. He issued a statement yesterday saying that he's throwing his "full support" behind the state's pending marriage equality legislation, saying that it "honors the best conservative principles," the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

"More and more Americans understand that if two people want to make a lifelong commitment to each other, government should not stand in their way," Brady said. "It strengthens families and reinforces a key Republican value—that the law should treat all citizens equally." He also noted that the law preserved religious liberty by specifying that no church could be "required to perform a union with which it disagrees."

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Illinois' GOP Chair Backs Same-Sex Marriage is...
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Showing 3 of 105 comments
Jan 3, 2013 5:05 PM CST
The moral decay in this country is sickening.
Jan 3, 2013 3:49 PM CST
I don't believe that the government should have anything to do with marriage. I like how in some countries if a couple wants a union recognized by the government, they have a civil ceremony. Then, if they want the union blessed by the church, they have a religious ceremony. In that way, the government does not have anything to do with a religious issue.
Jan 3, 2013 3:26 PM CST
It is such a shame to see my society devolve into this mire. How dare anyone redefine nature and nature's law. Marriage is a union between a man and a woman. And to all of you Godless fools who mock God's law you will pay a terrible price in eternity.