SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The chairman of
the Illinois Republican Party says support for gay marriage is "the most
conservative position" because it keeps government out of personal lives.
Pat Brady says he has been calling Republican lawmakers for several
weeks seeking support for the measure sponsored by Democrats.
Brady is at odds on the issue with not only his political party but his
church -- he's Catholic and bishops in the state are strongly opposed to
Supporters expect the issue to get a vote before the Executive Committee
late this morning.
Brady says he's had mixed reactions to his lobbying but believes there
are enough Senate votes to OK the legislation.
He says gay marriage is
"an issue of equality and we're the party of Lincoln."