Illinois GOP committeemen late Friday evening moved to cancel a meeting where the ouster of their chairman over controversial remarks supporting gay marriage was supposed to be discussed.
Several top Republican party officials confirmed to the Daily Herald that as of 10 p.m. Friday, they had been informed that Saturday's meeting at the Tinley Park convention center had been postponed.
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A letter, signed by seven state central committeemen, was released Feb. 22, calling for the March 9 meeting. Those committeemen included State Sen. Jim Oberweis of the 14th District, Chris Kachiroubas of the 5th District, Gene Dawson of the 8th District, Mark Shaw of the 10th District, Bobbie Peterson of the 11th District, and Bob Winchester of the 19th District.
Chairman Pat Brady, of St. Charles, had in written statements and calls to lawmakers voiced his support for same sex marriage, which passed out of the state Senate last month and is being considered by the House of Representatives. Committeemen say Brady deliberately acted against the party's platform, which defines marriage as being between one man and one woman.
Top Republican officials backing Brady, including Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka and House Republican Leader Tom Cross, say the party should be more inclusive.
No information was immediately available late Friday as to the meeting's rescheduling.