Indiana GOP Debating Whether to Bring Back Party Platform Supporting ‘Traditional’ Marriage

Jim boppWell that didn’t last long…

Just two years after Indiana Republicans chose to dial back opposition to same-sex marriage in the party’s platform, state GOP delegates are already considering a reinsertion of the anti-gay plank.

Lafayette Journal & Courier reports:

Jim Bopp [pictured], Terre Haute attorney and a state GOP delegate, said Tuesday he successfully introduced an amendment that says: "We believe that strong families, based on marriage between a man and a woman, are the foundation of society."

While language also was added to recognize "diverse" family structures, some GOP delegates are offended by the traditional marriage language and say they'd rather the platform be silent on this issue that divides them.

"This is bad for the Republican Party," said Megan Robertson [pictured below], a state GOP delegate who directed the Freedom Indiana coalition that worked against the proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in the last legislative session.

"We all don't think one way on this, so my stance is we shouldn't put anything in there," she said. "It's (the platform) not supposed to be on issues that divide people but on those that everyone can agree."

The added "diverse" language that vaguely alludes to gay couples states:

Megan robertsonWe also recognize that some families are much more diverse and we commend the many traditional families, blended families, grandparents, guardians, and loving adults who successfully raise and nurture children to reach their full potential every day.

Robertson recognized the additional language as a “nod” to gay couples and other non-traditional families, but worries that social conservatives will also try to eliminate the inclusive language.

"What's the most disappointing thing is there are so many Republican leaders who say behind closed doors that they want this discussion to be over, but they aren't willing to stand up to people like Jim Bopp and Micah Clark (president of American Family Association of Indiana)," said Robertson.

The entire platform will be voted on at the party's state convention on June 6 and 7 in Fort Wayne. 


  1. woodroad34 says

    “bring it back”? Has it gone away?

    Republicans are incredibly stoooopid. They keep hitting their heads on the wall and never stop–even when it hurts (they are thick headed).

  2. Hoosier says

    Indiana republicans are debating. That’s about all they do there. They’re a microcosm of how inept and ineffectual the whole party is.

  3. Leon says

    That delegate’s quote would probably gut much of the party platform. I wonder what they actually would agree on. Probably tax cuts for the rich, continued gutting of public assistance, continued gutting of infrastructure and public goods, continued erosion of workers’ rights…

  4. Joe in Ct says

    This is so unnecessary and non-productive.

    What can they possibly hope to gain by including that language in their platform? It’s not like anti-gay voters are suddenly going to vote Democratic if the Republican platform doesn’t include a “wink, wink” nod in their direction. So the language turns off equality-minded voters and panders to the NOM creeps who will vote Republican anyway. It’s pathetic.

  5. Brian says

    What a lot of people don’t understand is that religious fundamentalists would rather sink on their ship of self-righteousness than practice reasonableness and dialog. They absolutely will bring down the Republican Party with them unless reasonable Republicans stand up and face them down. Regrettably there are very few who are willing to do so. These religious cranks can be very vindictive when you refuse to endorse their agenda. Dr. Faust could tell them a few stories about selling your soul.

  6. says

    @Brian. Your comment is spot on. Yes, I’ve read social conservatives on other sites and this is exactly right. They will shoot themselves in the foot out of spite. In 2012 about 3-5 million of them didn’t come out to vote for Romney because he’s Mormon and because he didn’t speak loudly enough for them. In 2010/11, when the Tea Party was very popular, they threatened to break off and form their own party. Under the GOP’s big tent they are the coalition partner with the loudest voice and most dependable numbers. In 2011 former Indiana governor and social conservative Mitch Daniels called for a truce on social issues. He was a possible GOP presidential contender at that time.
    Soon after he backed out of the race. I don’t think the GOP feels confident that they could replace the numbers (both in voters and money) if there were a large social conservative exodus.

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