First Draft of 2016 GOP Platform Includes Major Changes to Position on Marriage

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The first draft of the official 2016 GOP platform includes a major change to the party’s position on marriage, according to a report by CNN. The new proposed GOP platform would eliminate a section calling for a constitutional amendment establishing marriage as between one man and one woman. Instead, the draft platform includes a paragraph outlining the “importance of a married mom and dad.”

However, the platform does still include significant opposition to the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling:

“We urge (the decision’s) reversal whether through judicial reconsideration or a constitutional amendment returning control over marriage to the states… Our laws and our government’s regulations should recognize marriage as the union of one man and one woman and actively promote married family life as the basis of a stable and prosperous society.”

The proposed changes to the GOP platform come as presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has struck a much softer tone on gay marriage and LGBT rights than many past nominees. It remains to be seen how socially conservative delegates will react to the proposed platform.

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