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Young Republicans push to remove marriage from GOP platform


Tevin Wooten at KNWA-TV reports that Young Republicans debate this weekend a resolution  to remove references to definition of marriage from the party platform. The party officially opposes same-sex marriage.

A two page resolution drafted by ‘Young Republicans’ in Northwest Arkansas seeks to have any language defining marriage removed from the Arkansas Republican party's platform. It comes nearly two months after the Supreme Court's ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, but Will Hansen, Washington County Young Republican chairman says it's not about being for or against the court's decision.

"Right now the platform specifically defines marriage, and we found that this resolution find that to be inconsistent with the party and the platform being in support of the law of the land,” Hansen said.

He says 58% of millennial Republicans support the freedom to marry whomever and he says the party divide is generational.

"We just feel like by taking this off of the table, by removing that language out of the platform of the party, it will be not only a uniting factor, but also just something that we can kind of quit talking about,” said Hansen.

Hansen says even failure of the resolution will have the positive of giving voice to young Republicans.

CLARIFICATION: This item has been updated to clarify that the resolution will be before an Arkansas Federation of Young Republicans convention in Little Rock. If passed, it would go to the GOP State Committee. Jack Avery, state chair of the Federation, also notes that, while a Northwest Arkansas Republican discussed the resolution in the KNWA report, that it was offered by a a YR from Central Arkansas. 

My odds of eventual GOP passage, even if the YRs back it: 1 in 1,000. Conservatively. The Arkansas legislature, with its GOP majority, passed two bills specifically intended to protect legal discrimination against gay people, never mind marriage. The governor, also a Republican, didn't stand in the way of either becoming law. He and other Republican leaders have criticized the U.S. Supreme Court decision on marriage. Some Republicans have urged defiance of the Supreme Court ruling.

Bro. Rapert made his thoughts known on the issue yesterday. To heck with the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. Supreme Court.


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