Indiana GOP may remove “marriage between a man and a woman” from state platform


INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Republican Party may remove wording declaring support for marriage “between a man and a woman” from their state party platform.

From the Indianapolis Star:

The latest draft of the new platform removes language labeling strong families as ones that are “based on marriage between a man and a woman.”

The proposed change sets up a fight between state party leadership, now stocked with political advisers close to Gov. Eric Holcomb, and some of the party’s most stalwart social conservatives, including those behind the push for 2015’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Delegates to the Indiana Republican Convention next Saturday in Evansville will vote on the platform in addition to nominating three incumbents for the statewide GOP ticket: Secretary of State Connie Lawson, Treasurer Kelly Mitchell and Auditor Tera Klutz.

The decision also provides more insight on where Gov. Holcomb and other party leaders may stand on social issues.

Holcomb did not immediately respond to questions about his stance on the issue.

Kyle Hupfer, the chairman of the Indiana Republican Party, said the language was the result of the delegates’ listening sessions and didn’t change simply due to the election of a new governor and party head.

“I do think it reflects a view we should be supportive of,” Hupfer said.

Conservatives were unhappy.

“This language should be strengthened, not weakened,” Delgate Scott Tibbs told the Star. “It was already a wishy-washy statement, so watering it down even more is a terrible idea and an affront to the Republican Party’s base.” Tibbs edits a conservative blog in Indiana.

There are party members who are pushing for udpated language. “We support strong families,” said Megan Robertson, a state GOP delegate and LGBT advocate, told the newspaper. “Who are we to define what a strong family is?”