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Pat Brady, Illinois GOP Chairman, Forced to Resign After Supporting Gay Marriage

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The chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, Pat Brady, announced his resignation on Tuesday following remarks he made as a private citizen in support of legalizing gay marriage.

Other Republican Party leaders were less than thrilled with Brady’s support for the issue, which also happens to be a contentious bill up for debate in the state’s legislature this year. These GOP leaders stand firmly behind the party’s platform contending legitimate marriage should only exist between men and women.

Brady resisted for a while, but it was made clear during a meeting of the Republican State Central Committee in Tinley Park last month that the Republicans wouldn't let this go.

One of the replacements discussed was State Sen. Matt Murphy of Palatine, who dropped out of the running for Illinois GOP chairman on Monday likely due to his interests in campaigning during 2014.

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Illinois, though largely a blue state, often wavers between Republican and Democratic candidates depending on the election year. Republicans were able to gain a significant amount of seats in 2010, but Democrats dominated the elections two years later in 2012 when Barack Obama, who is from Illinois, was campaigning for President.

After the 2012 campaign losses, Brady spoke out about the pitfalls of the Republican party and ways to make it more appealing to younger voters.

"It's about addition and not subtraction," Brady said in 2012, responding to the nation-wide criticism about the exclusivity of the Republican Party, "and if we come off as mean-spirited or angry or too dogmatic, then we don't attract people to the party."

Unfortunately, it seems as though only Brady heeded that advice, as his private pro-gay marriage comments got him ousted from as the party’s chairman, a post he had held since August of 2009. Carol Donovan of Chicago, the current vice chair, will fill in as interim chairwoman until a replacement is found.

Sources: Chicago Tribune, CBS