Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady

Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Six of the seven members of the Republican state central committee who wanted to oust former Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady over his statements supporting same-sex marriage have been replaced in their party positions.

Republican officials across the state elected a new crop of state central committee members this week. All but one of those who signed on to a letter last year to hold a vote on removing Brady as chairman were either voted out or retired. The seventh was re-elected to a four-year term.

Brady had said Republicans were ``on the wrong side of history'' for opposing a gay marriage vote in the state Legislature.

New committee members say the party should be more inclusive and let social views take a back seat to winning races in November.