Group vows to oust Illinois Republicans who back marriage equality

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The National Organization for Marriage on Jan. 3 vowed to campaign against any Republican in Illinois who supports marriage equality.

The threat comes as lawmakers in the state are considering legislation to legalize marriage for same-sex couples. Votes could happen as early as today.

On Jan. 2, the chair of the state GOP party said he was encouraging Republicans to support marriage equality.

NOM, on Jan. 3, said the party chair should be removed from office and also pledged to fight the re-election of any Republican who voted for marriage equality.

“Any Republican in Illinois who betrays the cause of marriage will be casting a career-ending vote and will be held accountable to their constituents,” threatened Brian Brown, NOM’s president. “We will spend whatever it takes – hundreds of thousands of dollars if necessary – to remove them from office, just as we did three of the four turncoat Republican state Senators in New York who were responsible for gay ‘marriage’ passing there. We will not hesitate to support pro-family Democrats to replace them, as our record in New York proves.”

Regarding Illinois Republican Party chair Pat Brady, Brown said, “Pat Brady is unfit to continue as chair of the state Republican Party and should immediately resign or be removed from office. We urge all donors to cease supporting the Republican Party in Illinois until Brady is removed from his position. His betrayal of Republican principles is unforgiveable and violates the trust of Illinois Republicans. Moreover, it will directly lead to the defeat of any GOP officeholder who follows his lead, as the experience in New York showed.”

Polls in Illinois show a majority of voters support legalizing same-sex marriage. Civil unions already are legal in the state.