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Associated Press
In this March 7, 2013 photo, Illinois state Sens. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, right, and Jim Oberweis, R-North Aurora, chat on the Senate floor at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. On Saturday, March 9, 2013, the Illinois Republican Party's central committee backed off an attempt to fire party chairman Pat Brady amid concern that ousting him because of his support for gay marriage could damage GOP efforts to appeal to more moderate voters. And two county-level Republican party committees have passed resolutions against Barickman, the only Republican to vote yes for a bill to end Illinois’ ban on gay marriage in the Illinois Senate last month. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

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