GOP chairman, lawmaker take heat on gay marriage
SPRINGFIELD – Two Illinois Republicans are finding that for all the talk nationally of the GOP becoming more inclusive and appealing to voters by softening stances on social issues, it’s difficult to actually follow through.
The state Republican Party’s central committee will meet today to consider firing Chairman Pat Brady, largely because he spoke out in favor of a bill to end Illinois’ ban on gay marriage. And the only Republican state senator to vote in favor of same-sex marriage, Sen. Jason Barickman, has been chastised by his colleagues and a national organization opposing the measure.
Brady and Barickman say they’ve heard from hundreds of people since taking their positions earlier this year – some were thankful, others excoriated them. A conservative organization even posted Brady’s cellphone number online and his voice mail quickly filled up while on vacation with words he said he “didn’t know were in the Bible.”
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