Young Conservatives begins national tour to remove anti-gay language from GOP platform
June 04, 2014
Today Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry begins a national tour in key 2016 swing states as part of its "Reform the Platform" initiative to strike anti-gay language from the national GOP platform. The tour begins in New Hampshire, followed by Iowa, Nevada and South Carolina. The purpose of the tour is to collaborate with statewide and local GOP leaders in early primary states about modernizing the platform.
“Since attitudes on the freedom to marry within the Republican Party are changing dramatically, so too must the official national platform," said Tyler Deaton, campaign manager of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry. “The harsh, anti-gay language in the platform is divisive and inconsistent with the values of freedom, family, and limited government that the Republican Party stands for. New Hampshire, a crucial early primary state with marriage for same-sex couples, is the perfect place to begin making our case.”
“Reform the Platform” is a $1 million campaign that was launched in April 2014. The campaign was created in response to increased Republican support for the freedom to marry and a growing division between older and younger GOP voters: This year, polls have tracked overall support for marriage among Republicans at 40%, with 61% of Republicans under the age of 30 saying they support marriage for same-sex couples. The "Reform the Platform" campaign seeks to replace anti-gay language in the GOP platform with unifying language that respects differing views on marriage and unifies the Republican Party around common values of strong families, limited government, tolerance, and personal freedom.
Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry is the campaign to highlight and build support for the freedom to marry among young conservatives across the United states.
We believe that marriage matters both as a religious institution and as a fundamental, personal freedom. Because marriage - rooted in love and lifelong commitment - is one of the foundations of civil society, as marriage thrives, so our nation thrives.
We believe that the health of marriage nationwide directly affects the social and economic well-being of individuals and families, and that undermining families leads to more government costs and more government control over the lives of its citizens. Therefore, we believe in encouraging the strength and stability of all families.
We recognize that there are diverse and sincerely held views on civil marriage within the Party, and that support for allowing same-sex couples the freedom to marry has grown substantially in our own Party. Given this journey that so many Americans, including Republicans, are on, we encourage and welcome a thoughtful conversation among Republicans about the meaning and importance of marriage, and commit our Party to respect for all families and fairness and freedom for all Americans.