Remember that GOP chairman who said you don’t have to be a platform Republican to be welcome?

In April, GOP state chair Pat Brady came out in favor of marriage equality.  Brady is one of the growing number of Republican realizing that while the gay marriage issue secured power for them less than a decade ago, their opposition to it has now created a hurdle over which they may not be able to leap.

When Brady changed his stance, he said of the Republican party:

“I think there are people in the party who don’t necessarily agree with me, but the point is …. we’re a party that welcomes all ideas,” Brady said in April. “You don’t have to be exactly a platform Republican to be welcome in the party, and that’s the direction we’re taking the party.”

That was in April.  It’s now May.  How’s that working out for Pat?

Party chair Pat Brady resigned on Tuesday after a months long opposition campaign by his fellow Illinois Republicans, the Chicago Tribune reported.

When you sold the GOP to the fundamentalists and the god botherers for their votes, you signed on to become the party of ideological purity.  The present GOP and the majority of their voting base wouldn’t know pragmatism if it was crawling up their ass.  And changing your mind, to them, is not the hallmark of personal integrity and self-improvement – it is a signal of defeat and weakness.

Pat Brady did the right thing when he admitted he was wrong about gay marriage.  I’d love to see him make the same admission about his assessment of the Republican party.

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About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Ted Thompson

    Good luck with getting an admission about the party.

  • Glodson

    “[...] we’re a party that welcomes all ideas,”

    As along as those ideas are the same ideas stuck in the past.

  • Rob

    Illinois Republicans? I hate Illinois Republicans.

  • Rain

    Good luck losing more elections I guess. At least there is plenty o’ cash to be made from “fundraising”. When that runs dry then they will change their minds.

  • Matthew Ostergren

    He was probably just ahead of his time. In 3 decades I bet gay marraige won’t be anything more than a fringe issue. No serious political competitor will be able to oppose it and be elected.

    • Artor

      I don’t know about that. Rand Paul straight-out said he would have voted against the Civil Rights act if he’d had the chance, but he still got elected.

      • Glodson

        As long as people can manage the mental contortions needed to reframe a civil rights issue so that white males are the ones with limited rights, that will happen.

        • Rob

          I misread that as “mental conditions” and I don’t think it changes the meaning much.

          • John H

            Naw, management of cognitive dissonance is universal to humans (to varying degrees) and requires no special ‘mental condition’.