Why Marriage Matters to Conservatives
“Same-sex unions promote the values conservatives prize. Marriage is one of the basic building blocks of our neighborhoods and our nation. At its best, it is a stable bond between two individuals who work to create a loving household and a social and economic partnership. We encourage couples to marry because the commitments they make to one another provide benefits not only to themselves but also to their families and communities. Marriage requires thinking beyond one's own needs. It transforms two individuals into a union based on shared aspirations, and in doing so establishes a formal investment in the well-being of society. The fact that individuals who happen to be gay want to share in this vital social institution is evidence that conservative ideals enjoy widespread acceptance. Conservatives should celebrate this, rather than lament it.”
—former U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson, Newsweek, January 9, 2010
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This speech was delivered by James Richardson, former RNC spokesperson for the Republican National Committee and Governors Barbour and Huntsman, at an October 23 Rally for Marriage in Atlanta, Georgia, organized by Georgia Equality and Freedom to Marry.
Yesterday, September 23, South Carolina Republican State Senator Tom Davis announced on Facebook that he supports the freedom to marry.
This week, as part of the robust “Reform the Platform” campaign to remove anti-gay language from the 2016 Republican national platform, Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry visited Nevada for a series of meetings with state GOP officials and other activists.
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In April 2014, Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry kicked off a new campaign to "Reform the Platform," removing anti-gay, anti-marriage language from the 2016 Republican Party platform. Here is the full text of the proposed platform language.
A Public Policy Polling survey found a majority of California voters in support of the freedom to marry.
AOL News spotlights the recent surge in support for the freedom to marry among conservatives.