SPRINGFIELD | The former chairman of the Illinois Republican Party has a new gig: He’s lobbying to legalize gay marriage.
Attorney Pat Brady, of St. Charles, a former McLean County resident who served four years as chairman of the state GOP, registered Tuesday to lobby for the American Civil Liberties Union.
Brady told the Lee Enterprises Springfield Bureau he mostly will focus on persuading GOP lawmakers to vote in favor of legalizing gay marriage. He said he believes passage of the measure could come this fall when lawmakers return to Springfield for their annual veto session.
“I think it looks pretty good,” said Brady, who resigned his party post in May.
The Illinois Senate narrowly approved legislation legalizing gay marriage in the spring. State Sen. Jason Barickman, of Bloomington, was the lone Republican to vote “yes.”
The measure was not called for a vote in the House before lawmakers left town for the summer. State Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, said there were not enough votes for it to pass.
Brady ruffled the feathers of some members of his party in the spring when he suggested lawmakers endorse gay marriage. He said he was acting on his own and not representing the party.
Among those he’ll be cajoling is his cousin, state Rep. Dan Brady, R-Bloomington, who said Tuesday he remains opposed to gay marriage.
“I haven’t had a conversation with Cousin Pat about that,” Dan Brady said. “I wish him the best in whatever he does. But, it doesn't affect my way of thinking.”