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ACLU Hires Former State GOP Head to Lobby for Gay Marriage



    Just a few months ago, former Illinois Republican Chairman Pat Brady was forced from his position because he took a pro-gay marriage stance. He got a new job this week because of that same stance. 

    Brady resigned his post as Illinois GOP Chairman in May 2012, citing a desire to spend more time with his family. In April of the same year The State Central Committee tried to vote him out of his chairmanship after he suggested that the Illinois party drop it's opposition to Same Sex Marriage and other social issues, and focus on fiscal issues. Senator Mark Kirk (R) pressured the committee to not vote him out and he was saved for a few weeks. 

    Now, months after he resigned his post, the American Civil Liberties Union confirmed that they've hired Brady's newly founded lobbying firm Next Generation Public Affairs to lobby for Same Sex Marriage legislation in the Illinois House of Representatives, according to WBEZ's Alex Keefe

    Brady told the radio station that he doesn't have any issues switching from atop the GOP to the liberal leaning ACLU because he believes in freedom and liberty for all. 

    He declined to say how much the ACLU would pay him, but indicated he would be working to affect legislation for the fall veto session. The local ACLU program is part of a nationwide, $10 million campaign to put pressure on legislators to enact same sex marriage legislation. The national campaign is led by former John McCain Presidential Campaign Strategist Steve Schmidt. 

    Read more at WBEZ.