Conservatives Launch Tour to Remove Anti-Gay Language from National GOP Platform

6/4/2014

New York – 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.”

The tour is part of the group’s $1 million “Reform the Platform” effort to strike divisive language and replace it with a position welcoming differing views on the freedom to marry. A strong majority of young evangelicals and Republicans under 45 are supportive.

Deaton, along with half a dozen other conservative political strategists, campaign veterans, and communications professionals, will be in Manchester, Dover, and Concord from June 4-5 to meet with members of the national GOP committee, state GOP Senators, the chair of the New Hampshire Republicans, and more.

New Hampshire approved marriage legislation in 2009; and in 2012, the Republican-dominated legislature voted against a law that would have repealed the freedom to marry. Polls show that a majority of people in New Hampshire, including Republican primary voters, support upholding the freedom to marry law.

GOP leaders have already expressed opposition to anti-gay, anti-marriage language in their platforms in Indiana, Nevada, Oregon, New Mexico, and California. Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry is a project of Freedom to Marry, launched in 2012.

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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.