Pat Brady

The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois is hoping the former chairman of the state GOP can help win Republican votes for gay marriage in Springfield.

Pat Brady resigned in May. The decision came a few months after he publicly announced his support for same-sex marriage.

Brady says he’ll lobby House Republican lawmakers in hopes of getting the measure passed this fall.

The Illinois GOP Chairman is stepping down. In a news release, Pat Brady says he will continue to be active in state and national politics.

"Although the role will change, I will continue to be active in Illinois and national politics in a variety of capacities, including organizations supporting our candidates in the upcoming gubernatorial and congressional races," Brady said.

Brady was elected as the State Chairman in August 2009.

GOP Leaders Don't Oust Brady

Apr 15, 2013

The Illinois Republican Party Chairman will keep his job. Party bosses did not vote to fire Pat Brady this weekend - despite his  public support of same-sex marriage. Brady told reporters the motion to fire him didn’t even get a final vote. But party leaders did agree to form a so-called “succession committee” - which some suggested could lead to Brady’s early departure.

Brady emerged from the three-hour session in good spirits: