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Illinois GOP Chairman Calling On Lawmakers To Support Marriage Equality

BradyGOPThe bill to legalize marriage equality in Illinois is tangled up in technical red tape at the moment and won't be discussed until tomorrow, which gives Pat Brady, chairman of the state's Republican Party, more time to call up Republican lawmakers and push them to vote yes on allowing same-sex couples to tie the knot. That's precisely what he did today, because, like so most people in Illinois, Brady thinks the Republicans need to wake up and smell reality.

"I think it's time for people to support this," he said.

"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," he said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. "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."

Got that? "Honors the best conservative principles... Strengthens families." Incredible language from a Republican leader.

And to religious conservatives balking at equality, Brady reassured them, "Importantly, the pending legislation would protect the freedom of religion. No church or religious organization would ever be required to perform a union with which it disagrees."

Elsewhere in Illinois, Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon met this morning to put the finishing touches on Ferguson and fiance Justin Mikita's "Bow Tie Lobby Day," during which lawmakers and voters are supposed to wear a bow tie to show their support.

The Chicago Tribune reports on the actor's comments raising kids with Mikita and how Modern Family helped move the LGBT conversation forward and wh:

"I'm looking forward to raising a family with Justin and having our kids grow up in an equal America. I had a hard time coming out and certainly had struggles with my parents. … If the 12-year-old me had been able to turn on the TV and see a sitting president say he supports marriage equality, it would have made all the difference for me and certainly given me a lot of hope," Ferguson said.

Modern Family's popularity and presence in American homes has also helped the issue of marriage equality forward, Ferguson said.

"I think it's a bit like a Trojan horse. A lot of people who were not comfortable with marriage equality … turn on the television and see a show that has a lot of different families in it — and one of those families just happens to be gay. They're realizing they have a great time watching the show, then they're watching a gay couple that's having a lot of the same problems and issues they have. They realize 'Oh they’re not so different from me.' And at that point, we're in their living rooms," he said.

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  1. Looks like some Republicans are starting to see the handwriting on the proverbial wall.

    Republicans to Wingnuts: we support constitutional amendments to ban same-sex marriage.

    [Election results and poll numbers come in.]

    Republicans to Wingnuts: Would you prefer to be thrown under the front end or the rear end of the bus?

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 2, 2013 9:07:36 PM


  2. Bill: Your nut job comments are what make people find today's gays so loathsome. You're a good little hater. Don't put so much stock in the Supreme Court. They are an independent body. Get out there and test your "gay" in the straight masses. You might take off your blinders and see what's really going on -- not on TV and in Hollywood.

    Posted by: Gary | Jan 2, 2013 9:49:38 PM


  3. Gary, you maybe want to read the story below. And BTW, this is not TV nor Hollywood. Your breed is dying out. But continue to cry because we find your whining hilarious.

    Thank you Paul Brady, for being a fair-minded, equality-driven and non-bigoted Republican given your parties' overall attitudes on this subject.

    Posted by: Francis | Jan 2, 2013 10:55:06 PM


  4. The Republicans want gay marriage to pass so that they don't have to be the bad guys any more. They don't support us they just want the issue out of the way so young people don't see the Republicans as the nasty party.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jan 3, 2013 12:18:30 AM


  5. @Gary: before using terms like "nut job" and "hater" you might want to learn something about how the world actually works and refrain from making a fool of yourself by posting personal attacks just because you don't like the truth.

    While Gary might not be capable of being educated, I'll refer interested readers to the January/February 2013 volume of MIT Technology Review, which has a detailed description of how Obama won the last election. Both parties test-marketed "messages", but the Republicans were completely outclassed. The Democrats by contrast did a huge amount of "number crunching," making much better use of the latest research. Romney's camp meanwhile treated the campaign as either a marketing exercise or a variant on "customer relationship management" (another corporate buzz phrase).

    If you want the one-line explanation, think "Karl Rove versus Nate Silver". Both sides were trying to tell the voters what the voters wanted to hear, but the Republicans are more out of touch right now due to their recent history of kowtowing to the Religious Right Wing, which itself is out of touch with the average voter.

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 3, 2013 3:02:56 AM


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