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Indiana GOP Includes Marriage Language In Party Platform

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Those opposing the GOP's decision to include the statement about marriage in its platform held up signs that read "Grow Our Party," indicating they did not want a platform that excluded same-sex couples.

The Indiana Republican Party passed a platform at its state convention Saturday endorsing marriage that some delegates found divisive.

The language officially adopted by the party says strong families are founded on marriages between a man and a woman. It also recognizes the value of diversity in family structures.

It reads:

We believe that strong families, based on marriage between a man and a woman, are the foundation of society. We also recognize that some families are much more diverse and we support the blended families, grandparents, guardians and loving adults who successfully raise and nurture children to reach their full potential every day.

As the Statehouse File reports, Michael Dora of Rush County spoke in favor of the platform.

“We should always treat people with grace, love and dignity,” Dora said. “That doesn’t mean abandoning our principles. Vote yes on the platform, no on the amendment.”

Dora and others who supported the original platform language wore stickers that read, “Pro Pence, Pro Marriage,” referring to Gov. Mike Pence, who sent a letter to delegates saying that he backed it as well.

But some delegates wanted to amend the platform and instead replace it with a statement indicating the importance of “strong families” but would not qualify marriage as “between a man and a woman.”

Delegate Tom John of Marion County proposed such an amendment to the platform during the convention.

“This amendment is not about whether we support gay marriage or we don’t support gay marriage,” he says. “There are a diversity of widely held, very personal opinions in this room, all of which are valid. What this is about, is party unity.”

His amendment was easily defeated in a floor vote, and the platform was adopted.

Lieutenant Governor and platform committee co-chair Sue Ellsperman says although there was not consensus on the plank of the platform regarding families, the document was the result of compromise and input from Hoosiers across the state.

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