March 13, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Illinois GOP chair keeps job
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CHICAGO—Efforts to remove Illinois Republican Party Chair Pat Brady over his support of same-sex marriage appear to have stalled.

Members of the Illinois Republican State Central Committee had scheduled a special meeting on March 9 to discuss Brady’s termination, but they abruptly cancelled it the day before. The Associated Press reported committeemen made the move in part because they did not have enough votes to oust Brady.

The Illinois House Executive Committee late last month approved a gay marriage bill that previously passed in the state Senate.

The full House of Representatives is expected to vote on the proposal in the coming days or weeks.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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