Follow breaking news @lgbtqnation

GOP dumps plan for more ‘inclusive’ party, reaffirms anti-gay marriage platform

Friday, April 12, 2013

Just weeks after releasing a “turnaround plan” focused on building a more inclusive GOP aimed at attract minority voters, including “welcoming” attitudes on gay rights, members of the Republican National Committee on Friday voted unanimously to reaffirm language in the GOP platform defining marriage “as the union of one man and one woman.”

The resolution also called on the U.S. Supreme Court to “uphold the sanctity of marriage” as it weighs rulings on two landmark cases involving same-sex marriage, and was one of a slate of of resolutions adopted unanimously and without discussion at the RNC’s spring meeting in Los Angeles this week.

The resolution was proposed by Dave Agema, an RNC committeeman from Michigan who recently posted an article on his Facebook page that refers to gays and lesbians as “filthy.”

The adopted resolution states, in part:

WHEREAS, the institution of marriage is the solid foundation upon which our society is built and in which children thrive; it is based in the conjugal relationship that only a man and a woman can form; [...]

WHEREAS, no Act of human government can change the reality that marriage is a natural and most desirable union; especially when procreation is a goal; [...] therefore be it

RESOLVED, the Republican National Committee affirms its support for marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and as the optimum environment in which to raise healthy children for the future of America; and be it further

RESOLVED, the Republican National Committee implores the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the sanctity of marriage in its rulings on California’s Proposition 8 and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act.

The move signals a divide in the GOP, where establishment and moderate Republicans generally advocate for the party to be more inclusive, while many conservatives and tea partyers insist the party adhere closely to its ideological principles at any cost.

Last month, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus released a report he commissioned from a panel of national GOP strategists about how the party can rebound and attract more younger and minority voters.

The 100-page report, entitled the “Growth and Opportunity Project,” was quickly labeled an autopsy of the 2012 elections by political pundits inside the Beltway, and noted that the GOP’s uncompromising stance on key issues of concern to gay and lesbian voters had alienated the youth vote and young adults, causing the party to lose critical races.

Some Republicans at the meeting complained that report seemed to advocate a shift in position on immigration, gay marriage and other issues by proposing, for example, greater outreach to gay voters.

Earlier in the week, 11 influential social conservative groups aired their grievances in a letter addressed to Priebus, and timed to coincide with the start of the RNC’s meeting.

The coalition, led by Tony Perkins, president of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council, told donors not to give national Republican leaders “a dime of your hard-earned money” until the party clarified its positions on social issues.

The 168-member RNC subsequently voted in favor of reaffirming its platform plank opposing gay marriage, in hopes of assuaging those concerns.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
Share this article with your friends and followers:

Archives: , , , ,

Filed under: National Headlines

26 more reader comments:

  1. Comes as no surprise. They will fight marriage equality to the very end.

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 3:54pm
  2. I see how they benefit from not opening up to LGBT voters and remaining against marriage equality. #republicanlogic

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 3:54pm
  3. Well, color me shocked ! (Sarcasm)

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 3:54pm
  4. so much for the study they just completed! I guess they dont want to win elections. Run Hillary, run!

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 3:56pm
  5. That’s fine I wouldn’t want to try and Have to LIKE them anyway. I have lots of republican friends but I hate republican congressmen.

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 3:56pm
  6. I won’t come right out and say I told you all so, and that the GOP is not to be trusted as an institution and that they were and are just grandstanding on the issue of gay equality for their own purposes, but I sure as hell did say it,and more besides.

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 3:57pm
  7. For that very special Republican in your life

    http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mdtqq0UML41qjid5q.png

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 3:59pm
  8. How could they be a more inclusive party, if they are still anti-gay? I will never understand how anyone could be a Log Cabin Republican.

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 4:00pm
  9. And that’s why I only have two words that sufficiently describe my feelings for republicans and their attitude….Fuck Them.

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 4:01pm
  10. Not surprised. I had a feeling they wouldn’t want their party divided into three sections.

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 4:06pm
  11. good. i’d hate to think of any poor gay souls getting duped into swelling their numbers. let them keep their antiquated, anti-gay, anti-female, anti-senior stance until they die out like the dinosaurs they are

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 4:06pm
  12. They will end up dying out due to a lack of voters eventually if they don’t ever get a clue.

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 4:08pm
  13. Like anyone with intelligence didn’t know that already

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 4:27pm
  14. I am a gay woman who gave birth to two wonderful boys, they are now well adjusted men.They need to shut there mouths and stay out of our lives!

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 4:37pm
  15. I am a gay woman who gave birth to two wonderful boys, they are now well adjusted men.

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 4:48pm
  16. Buh bye Repuklicans.

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 5:33pm
  17. They are stuck in a hard place in the game of politics. If the party as a whole accepts gay marriage the evangelicals will leave the party. They are stuck.

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 5:41pm
  18. Let the evangelicals leave ! No loss!!

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 6:02pm
  19. The stupid party strikes again!

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 6:08pm
  20. Sounds easy enough but the evangelical counts for a ton of votes for them. Bush won twice because of that group.

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 6:19pm
  21. The one thing these idiots knows how to do is shoot themselves in the foot. Every lamb brain stunt like this will keep them from winning important elections. THAT IS A GOOD THING!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 6:36pm
  22. Good luck with that..lol.

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 6:45pm
  23. Well then, back to the gutter with them I suppose?

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 7:42pm
  24. Well at least they’re honest.

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 8:14pm
  25. Today marks the end of the Republican Party being considered a serious second party to our nation. And somewhere Barry Goldwater is flipping in his grave.

    Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 10:00pm
  26. they are still trying to turn back racial civil rights, why would they let up on us? they hate…

    Posted on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 12:41am