An effort to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois just got some love from a state Republican leader.
Illinois Republican Party Chair Pat Brady endorsed the measure this week, saying it reflects conservative values. It's a move that may help give Illinois the momentum to become the 10th state to legalize same sex marriage. A state Senate committee passed the bill, and it awaits consideration by the full legislature in the new session.
"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 in the Chicago Sun-Times. "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."
In response, the National Organization for Marriage, a group that opposes same-sex unions, pledged to spend $250,000 against any state lawmaker who agrees with the GOP chair. The group said it would "not hesitate to spend the money to support pro-family Democrats to replace them," the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
Via the Chicago Sun-Times and the Atlanta Journal Constitution