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Wed Jan 2, 2013, 06:47 PM

Republican Party chair in Illinois throws "full support" behind same-sex marriage in Illinois

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

The momentum continues to build for same sex marriage in Illinois.

On Wednesday, Pat Brady, chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, said he was putting his "full support" behind marriage equality legislation pending in Springfield.

"More and more Americans understand that if two people want to make a lifelong commitment to each other, government should not stand in their way," Brady said. "Giving gay and lesbian couples the freedom to get married honors the best conservative principles. It strengthens families and reinforces a key Republican value - that the law should treat all citizens equally."

Read more: http://blogs.suntimes.com/politics/2013/01/republican_party_chair_in_illinois_throws_full_support_behind_same-sex_marriage_in_illinois.html

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Reply Republican Party chair in Illinois throws "full support" behind same-sex marriage in Illinois (Original post)
Newsjock Jan 2013 OP
mucifer Jan 2013 #1
Tempest Jan 2013 #5
marshall Jan 2013 #11
Berlin Expat Jan 2013 #2
Posteritatis Jan 2013 #3
Tempest Jan 2013 #4
Chan790 Jan 2013 #6
Tempest Jan 2013 #8
Mister Ed Jan 2013 #9
Tempest Jan 2013 #10
dbackjon Jan 2013 #7

Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 06:51 PM

1. The Catholic church is trying to fight it. They don't have a chance.

I really do believe President Obama's support has helped the country a lot on this issue. Of course he needed a big push from the dedicated activists who do amazing work.

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Response to mucifer (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:00 PM

5. The church will have less effect than it did in Italy

If Italy can ignore the church, the one in this country stands no chance of preventing it.

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Response to mucifer (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 09:08 PM

11. Their current tact is to accept all, but don't do it yourself

Granted that's the more accepting faction.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 06:57 PM

2. The RWNJ's are gonna

flip their shit when they hear this. Good news. Glad to see that at least there are one or two sane people left in the GOP.

It gives me some small hope for humanity.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 06:58 PM

3. I kinda love that he couched it in terms of the standard conservative planks

Reduce government interference in private life? Check. Helps families? Check. Expands rights to those who didn't have them beforehand, as opposed to the whole 'special rights' thing? Check.

I like watching people Get It, whether in my terms or their own.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 06:59 PM

4. He sees which way the wind is blowing

He's in survival mode. I doubt it's what he really believes.

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Response to Tempest (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:17 PM

6. I think you're half-right.

He sees which way the wind blows...He's in survival mode.

He no longer feels compelled to hide what he believes in order to maintain ideological purity to a minority. I know a lot of Republican "local" leadership, outside of the bible belt, most of them don't really give a f**k and even have gay friends or relatives that they like and treat decently. They feel the need to toe the line publicly in order to keep the Christian conservatives on their side...until they don't need them.

Cold conservative calculus. It's nauseating...but it's real. It's beneficial for him to now shed the fringe religious extremists and appeal to moderation. Lets hope those same extremists realize this is the future of GOP opposing abortion as well...and GTFO of politics, leaving the GOP to swing and falter.

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Response to Chan790 (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:42 PM

8. Story from my neck of the woods

Had a gay hating gay man as local state representative (Roy Ashburn) for years. He was outed when he was arrested for drunk driving coming out of a gay bar in Sacramento driving a state vehicle. He resigned from office. He was very vocal against gays during his terms in office.

Now he's all gay friendly and ran for again for office last year and was soundly thrashed.

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Response to Tempest (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 09:05 PM

9. Guys like him may be weathervanes...

...but it sure makes me happy to look up and see the direction the weathervanes are pointing these days.

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Response to Mister Ed (Reply #9)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 09:08 PM

10. Have to agree with you there

Regardless of their motivation, more and more Republicans are coming around.

The reason, IMHO, are the polls showing a majority supports gay marriage and gay rights and don't want to be left in the dustbins of history.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:37 PM

7. OK House and Senate Leaders -

No reason not to bring this to a vote - TOMORROW

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