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GOP Chair, Barickman Take Heat on Same-Sex Marriage


Two Illinois Republicans are finding out that for all the national talk of the GOP softening its stance on social issues, it's difficult to follow through.

Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady could be fired this weekend, largely because he supported ending Illinois' ban on same-sex marriage.

The only Republican lawmaker to vote for that bill, Bloomington Sen. Jason Barickman, has been chastised by his colleagues.

The fallout illustrates a nationwide tension the GOP is encountering as they try to do more to attract voters turned off by conservative views on social issues.

But Republicans who try to do so raise the ire of social conservatives.

Rep. Tom Cross, the top Republican in the Illinois House, says the party needs to be more inclusive and firing Brady would be "a big mistake.''