The American Civil Liberties Union has hired former Illinois GOP Chair Pat Brady and his consulting firm to help lobby Republican state lawmakers in an effort to pass same-sex marriage legislation in the state. Brady resigned from his post in May after ruffling party feathers due to his support for same-sex marriage.
Brady is expected to start his lobbying efforts on behalf of the ACLU in November.
is one of the top-priority states, urgency-wise. I’m working for them
at their direction,” Brady told the Chicago Sun-Times. “I’m
concentrating on Republicans and like-minded people. I’m excited to work
with this group. It’s a great organization. I think it’s going to get
done this time. I’m really excited about it.”
The Illinois Senate passed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, SB 10, which would legalize same-sex marriage in the state, back in February. The House, however, did not bring the bill up for a vote before
the spring legislative session ended in May. The bill’s main sponsor in
the House, State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), regrettably said that
the votes just weren’t there for the bill’s passage.
have a single caucus problem, we had a vote problem. We didn’t have
enough votes,” Ed Yohnka, ACLU of Illinois' director of communications and
public policy, told the newspaper. “We believe there are Republicans out
there who support marriage equality.”
The same-sex marriage bill could be brought up for a vote during the fall veto session, Brady said.