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Pence: Same-Sex Marriage Stance Not A Distraction For GOP

GOP leaders are considering adding a stance against same-sex marriage to the party's platform at its convention this weekend.

Gov. Pence speaks at a podium at a press conference.

Photo: Gov. Mike Pence

The Republican Party state convention will be in Fort Wayne this weekend.

Indiana Republican Party convention delegates this weekend will consider the party platform and could be facing a fight over potential language regarding same-sex marriage.

The GOP platform is a statement about the party’s message on a variety of social, fiscal and political issues.

Proposed language this year strongly backs traditional marriage as the foundation of society while acknowledging the increasing diversity of families.

Governor Mike Pence today wouldn’t directly address the issue of marriage within the platform but says he supports the platform overall.

“I believe it lays out a vision for the future and includes elements that I support and also addresses those in the right and proper way,” says Pence.

Still, Pence says he doesn’t consider the discussion a distraction for the party.

“I believe it’s important when the party comes together that we lay out our vision for the people of Indiana. A platform is the way that we do that.”

Pence will give a speech at the convention Saturday in which he’ll talk about the momentum Indiana has built through Republican leadership.

Democrats have been critical of the GOP for continuing to advance what they call a policy of exclusion.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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