Bil Browning

IN Republicans Omit Marriage Opposition from Platform

Filed By Bil Browning | June 15, 2012 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Indiana, Indiana Democrats, Indiana Republicans, state party platform

Earlier this week, I reported that the Indiana Democratic Party will have a plank in the platform that specifically opposes a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions. The party had previously ignored the issue and took no stance.

The Indiana Republican Party has also taken a baby step forward Indiana_Republican_Party.jpegtoward equality. They have removed a party plank supporting an amendment. The Republican platform has included an anti-marriage equality statement since 2006.

Pete Seat, press secretary for the Indiana Republican Party, told Indy Star reporter Mary Beth Schneider, "A lot of issues are covered; a lot weren't. This platform reflects the broader priorities of the Indiana Republican Party."

Both the Republican and Democrat gubernatorial candidates have expressed support for the proposed amendment. Republican Congressman Mike Pence, best known for his extremist views on social issues, voted in favor of a federal amendment while John Gregg, a former state Speaker of the House, presided over passage of Indiana's version of DOMA.

Kathy Sarris, former head of Indiana Equality and a Republican party insider, was part of the GOP platform committee that spearheaded the change in the plank. Lori Morris, who sits in the LGBT seat of the Democrat's State Central Committee, was instrumental in pushing the Democrats forward on their platform.

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