Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry Calls Message of Inclusion in GOP Report “First Step”


For Immediate Release


Press Contact:
Angela Dallara
Communications Associate, Freedom to Marry

Washington, DC – As nearly 20 new members of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry gathered in the nation’s capital for welcoming events, the Republican National Committee released a report today sketching out a future for the party that reevaluates its position on gay rights. The report is particularly timely in light of the ABC poll released today showing that Republican voters 18-49 support the freedom to marry by a margin of 52% to 43%.

The report, "Growth and Opportunity Project," acknowledges that “younger voters are increasingly put off by the GOP,” and cites “issues involving the treatment and the rights of gays” as a primary reason, recognizing that “for many younger voters, these issues are a gateway into whether the Party is a place they want to be.”

Tyler Deaton, campaign manager for Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, said, “I applaud the committee for producing this report, but this is only a first step. The Young Conservatives Leadership Committee calls on the Growth and Opportunity Project to go further by fully respecting in word and deed those of us who support the freedom to marry for all loving and committed couples.

"The freedom to marry is completely in line with the conservative values of freedom and family, and our campaign is committed to keeping the momentum for marriage moving forward.” Deaton continued, “We truly hope the report will spark the necessary conversation about making the party more inclusive, especially on marriage, with last year’s draconian party platform proving a step backward on one of the foundations of our society.”

Liddy Huntsman, a daughter of former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman and a new member of the Young Conservatives leadership group, said “We’re encouraged by the optimistic tone of the report and the focus on including, not excluding, our fellow Americans as we try to grow the GOP. Marriage is about protecting freedom in our lives and strengthening families and communities, and that has to be a key consideration in those efforts.”

Eli Lehrer, another new Young Conservative leader who is president and co-founder of R Street, a free market think tank, said, “We need to build a more modern and inclusive Republican Party. This report is a step in that direction. Marriage strengthens communities and reduces dependence on government; a party that supports marriage will do a better job attracting liberty-loving young people.”

Huntsman, Meghan McCain, Margaret Hoover, and more than 15 other Young Conservative leadership members will attend a reception in Washington, DC. at 5 p.m. today. To book an interview with a member of the Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry leadership committee or to RSVP for the welcoming reception today, please email Freedom to Marry's Communications Associate Angela Dallara at or call 315-207-3983.

Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry is a campaign to highlight and build support for the freedom to marry among young conservatives across America. They represent the rapidly growing numbers of young conservatives across the country that agree all Americans should be able to share in the freedom to marry.