Nevada Republican Party Drops Opposition to Gay Marriage, Abortion from Party Platform

The Nevada Republican Party, "amid raucous debate" according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, voted to drop opposition to gay marriage and abortion from the party platform:

McdonaldState party Chairman Michael McDonald (pictured) said it was a successful convention at the end of the day.

“I think it was about inclusion, not exclusion,” McDonald said, referring to the platform. “This is where the party is going.”

Republicans who sat on the platform committee said they decided not to deal with social issues this year because the U.S. Supreme Court and lower courts have weighed in and it doesn’t make sense for the party of “personal freedom” to have the government or the political party get involved in people’s personal lives.

“The issue was how can we back out of people’s personal lives,” said Dave Hockaday of Lyon County, who sat on the platform committee. “We need to focus on issues where we can have an impact.”

Previously, the state party platform defined marriage as “between a man and a woman,” as does the Nevada Constitution. The past document also described the party as “pro-life,” or against abortion, a stance most Republicans still agree with.

Log Cabin Republicans praised the decision.

Said Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo:

"Once again, our local Log Cabin Republicans members have made a critical difference pushing the GOP toward the right side of history by going where others fear to tread — or cannot tread because of their party affiliation. The Republican Party is at a crossroads: in a year where the Massachusetts GOP rolled back the clock and added divisive social issues to its platform, the state Republican Party responsible for nominating Sharron Angle in 2010 seems to have finally learned to focus on the issues that truly matter to voters, which will lead to massive Republican wins at the ballot box this fall."


  1. Stephen says

    Sounds like Brian Sandoval is going to run for President as a moderate or something.

    First not defending the same-sex marriage ban in court to prevent a 2016 ballot to overturn the ban, which would pass easily with 60%.

    And now the NV GOP dropping these platforms. Hmmm…

  2. TonyJazz says

    It was always hypocritical for a state with multiple legal ‘vices’ to mistreat their gay people.

    I hope that this platform change will finally result in equal rights in Nevada (in marriage, employment, and cake-making…).

  3. JonnyNYNY2FLFL says

    They’re taking sneaky Joe Scarborough’s advice to the GOP:
    “Shut up about controversial social issues to get naive moderates to vote them into power, then enact your rightwing fundamentalist agenda into law”

  4. northalabama says

    it’s only in nevada, and it must have made sense for the survival of the state party platform, or they would have never acted.

    this is a signal they are in trouble and they know it, don’t kid yourselves – it’s self serving. i can’t wait to see neocon wingnut heads explode over their decision. i love to watch them fight themselves over whether or not to continue misogyny and bigotry as a party platform.

  5. says

    I agree, it’s hard to take them at their word and expect them to remain backed out of people’s lives after they get elected.

    Since extremism is mandatory in today’s GOP, causing Republicans who don’t skew as hard right as possible to effectively be banished, I wonder if there will be a crop of primary challenges from political newcomers in Nevada following this announcement.

  6. jamal49 says

    Dropping opposition from the party platform does not mean a change of heart or that those Republican reprobates will not continue to push their opposition behind the scenes. Republicans are a devious lot. They are interested in getting elected. That is it. Then, once elected, they’ll revert back to their bigoted agendas and legislate a woman’s freedom to make her own personal health decisions and LGBT civil rights out of existence. Never–I repeat–NEVER trust a Republican. Ever.

  7. TKinSC says

    The definition of marriage has nothing to do with government’s involvement in people’s personal lives. Gays can already live their personal lives without state interference (see Lawrence v. Texas).

    Marriage, on the other hand, *is* a government involvement in people’s personal lives. Were it not for the fact that opposite-sex couples tend to have children, there would really be no need for marriage.

    So being opposed to gay “marriage” is not inconsistent with believing in small government. Quite the contrary, they go hand in hand.

  8. Bernie says

    lol, roflmaof… I really do not like to laugh or make fun of other gay organizations, but Log Cabin cracks me up! They are thrown a little scrap of meat from the Republicans and they think they hit the jackpot! Now, if this trend continues or goes national, then break out the party streamers

  9. says

    It’s laughable that the LCR’s are trying to take credit for this when they’ve lacked any real clout with Republicans for decades now.

    But the Nevada Republican party is seeing the writing on the wall; an openly anti-gay, anti-choice platform isn’t in their best interests now. Also, the Republican governor has admitted that the state ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional and on its way out. Smart enough not to fight a losing battle.

  10. Daniel Berry, NYC says

    State party Chairman Michael McDonald (pictured) said it was a successful convention at the end of the day.

    “I think it was about inclusion, not exclusion,” McDonald said, referring to the platform. “This is where the party is going.”

    one way of the other, republicans are terminally delusional. Thank God.

  11. Steve says

    I’m still not going to vote for one! I don’t trust them. Just because they say will remove social issues from their platform, doesn’t mean they won’t bring them back once they are elected. Not only that, the Republican trickle down economics simply does not work!

  12. RonCharles says

    There has always been a strong emphasis on libertarianism and individualism amongst many Republicans in the Western states, and this decision by the Nevada State Republican Party clearly reflects that fact.

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