May 8, 2013 at 4:40 pm EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Illinois GOP chair resigns
Pat Brady, Republican Party, Illinois, gay news, Washington Blade

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill.—Illinois Republican Party Chair Pat Brady resigned this week. He told the Associated Press he decided to step down because of his wife’s continued battle with cancer and his desire to spend more time with her and their children. Brady said social conservatives within the party pressured him to step down after he publicly backed same-sex marriage earlier this year.

Members of the Illinois Republican State Central Committee had been scheduled to discuss Brady’s termination in March, but they abruptly cancelled the meeting at the last minute because they reportedly did not have enough votes to oust him.

“Pat Brady supported all Illinois families with his endorsement of the freedom to marry,” Equality Illinois CEO Bernard Cherkasov said. “Now we honor his decision to resign to focus on his family, and we wish them all the best.”

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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