The Latest: Indiana GOP reaffirms man-and-woman marriage
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The Latest on the marriage platform debate at the Indiana Republican Party state convention (all times local):
The Indiana Republican Party has overwhelmingly voted to reaffirm its commitment to defining marriage as “between a man and a woman.”
The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that the 1,500 delegates at the biennial state party convention on Saturday rejected a “strong families” plank in its platform. That idea was endorsed by Gov. Eric Holcomb as support for all adults who are raising children.
Most delegates cheered and applauded when the vote supported what backers call “traditional” marriage. It was first inserted in the party platform in 2014 and backed by then-Gov. Mike Pence, now the vice president.
Daniel Elliot is the Morgan County GOP chairman and leader of the Republican Victory Committee that pushed the issue. He says it “recognizes the reality on the ground that most families are headed by married couples.”
The Indiana Republican Party is holding a convention where delegates are set to vote on a party platform that could eliminate language calling for marriage to only be between “a man and a woman.”
The wording change was supported by Gov. Eric Holcomb’s hand-picked party chairman. But social conservatives have fought back fiercely.
They publicly leaked the wording change. Now it is opposed by more than 80 party activists and elected officials, including two congressmen and Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma.
Chairman Kyle Hupfer said last week that the wording was intended to be inclusive. But he’s backed off in the days since.
Now delegates will be able to vote on two proposed platforms on Saturday.
One includes the “man and a woman” marriage language. The other does not.
This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Daniel Elliot’s name.