Illinois state Republican Party Chair Pat Brady has put his "full support" behind a same-sex marriage bill pending in the Illinois legislature, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
"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," Brady said. "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."
Brady also noted that the bill preserves religious freedom because no religious organization would be forced to perform a same-sex marriage.