lllinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady's endorsement of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the state has gotten slammed by other party leaders, with some even calling for his resignation.
"I can only express my disappointment in the way this has come about and the manner in which the Republican platform of Illinois has been completely disregarded," said committeeman Gene Dawson, as he read from the resignation request he emailed to Brady, reported WBEZ Chicago Public Media.
"Pat Brady is a total disgrace," said Bobbie Peterson, a Republican state central committeewoman told WBEZ. "What's coming out of his mouth is not what the Illinois Republican party is about."
Brady said he did not consult with other leaders before he decided to speak out for a pending bill to legalize same-sex marriage. He is standing firm in his position.
"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."
The controversy comes at a critical juncture for the Illinois GOP, having lost the majority in the sate's congressional delegation in the last election. Democrats won supermajorities in both chambers of the General Assembly.
The timing is partly why Brady said he chose to speak up. "We need to change the brand or the image of the party of this group of angry, old white guys," Brady said. "And that's what we look like right now."