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Will State GOP Platforms Reveal Marriage Equality Divisions?

GOPBirthAs state Republican camps craft their specific platforms, and as states diverge on the topic of marriage equality — the Texas branch claims the "practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society," while the DC GOP last week included equality in its policy document — Pema Levy at Talking Points Memo predicts culture war fissures among the party as a whole.

No other GOP state party platform has gone as far [as DC's]. But as state parties draft new platforms this year, the GOP could likely end up with state parties that run the gamut from planks firmly opposing gay marriage to others that endorse it.

Indiana Republicans ended up somewhere in the middle. The state Republican Party removed anti-language in its platform earlier this year, and no longer has a stated position on gay marriage. Though it does not endorse marriage equality, the removal of its opposition to the institution represents a step in that direction. The shift pleased LGTB activists and angered social conservatives.

“We’re the first spark,” [DC Log Cabin Republican head Robert] Turner said of D.C. He pointed to Indiana as another example of a state GOP making progress on gay rights. “It’s small steps, each year we reach more and more people. So the next time we have these platform committee meetings, there’s a strong possibility more states will adopt similar language.”

Who out there is holding their breath?

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  1. ...and still the idiotic gay Republicans defend this evil party. What is wrong with theses people ? Just what will it take for them to wake up & start valuing themselves ?

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jul 5, 2012 2:34:29 PM


  2. @icebloo - usually for their families to pass away.

    I've yet to meet a gay republican who wasn't desperately begging for his family's mere "tolerance"

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 5, 2012 2:42:30 PM


  3. If the Rethug party endorsed equal marriage rights today, I would still never vote for one of them! A day late and a dollar short, my Dad used to say. They have always treated us like dirt. The party of Lincoln devolved to the party of Jesse Helms.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Jul 5, 2012 2:57:53 PM


  4. Wow, these really are slow news days during the dog days of summer. Talk about a reporter looking for a story where there isn't any.

    "But as state parties draft new platforms this year, the GOP could likely end up with state parties that run the gamut from planks firmly opposing gay marriage to others that endorse it."

    Seriously?? Because one committee which represents the 10 or 20 Republicans who are D.C. voters adopted a vaguely worded statement in support of some undefined gay rights, we're honestly expected to believe that Republican state parties "could likely" this year endorse marriage equality??

    This isn't journalism. This is fantasizing on paper.

    Posted by: Patric | Jul 5, 2012 3:17:49 PM


  5. Just like in the UK, the conservative party has to evolve to stay relevant. Some GOP politicians like Ken Mehlman and Rudolph Giuliani have already stated the obvious. It is just a matter of time.

    Posted by: simon | Jul 5, 2012 3:22:28 PM


  6. The party of Lincoln devolved to the party of Jesse Helms...and Gordon Gecko.

    Posted by: RWG | Jul 5, 2012 5:48:13 PM


  7. Just because some people int he GOP have realized that it is no longer politically advantageous to bash gay people and have removed some of the extremist anti-gay rhetoric from their platform does not equate to support for gay rights. The "gay republicans" think that just because the bully has stopped punching you in the face and is now just ignoring you completely that this somehow represents progress.

    Posted by: Chadd | Jul 5, 2012 8:29:39 PM


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