Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady today resigned his post in part, he said, because his personal support for marriage equality cost him the support of social conservatives in the party. The move comes as some in the GOP are resisting efforts to broaden the party’s appeal and tone down anti-gay rhetoric.
Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk is one of two Senate Republicans to announce their support of marriage rights for same-sex couples. ”I agree with him, we need to get on the right side of history,” said Brady. ”It’s about addition and not subtraction, and if we come off as mean-spirited or angry or too dogmatic, then we don’t attract people to the party,” Brady told the Chicago Tribune.
State GOP operatives upset with Brady’s vocal support for a pending marriage equality bill have tried for weeks to remove him, finally settling on a transition plan that made clear Brady was no longer welcome.