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Breaking News: GOP Platform Draft Strongly Defends Marriage!

 

NOM has been hard at work organizing support for marriage and DOMA in advance of the Republican Party convention in Tampa next week -- and these efforts are already achieving results:

The Republican Party platform will strongly oppose the Obama administration's decision not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law that bars recognition of same-sex couples' marriages, in court and will support "a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman," according to the draft platform language approved by subcommittees today.

The language must still be adopted by the full committee on Tuesday and then by the convention delegates in Tampa next week. According to the draft documents obtained by BuzzFeed from two subcommittees, the Restoring Constitutional Government subcommittee and the Health, Education and Crime subcommittee, the platform will take those two positions, as well as "support[ing] campaigns underway in several other states" to amend their constitutions to recognize only marriages between one man and one woman.

...Calling out "an activist judiciary," the draft document blasts "court-ordered redefinition of marriage" before taking on the Obama administration.

"We oppose the Administration's open defiance of this principle [of separation of powers] — in its handling of immigration cases, in federal personnel benefits, in allowing a same-sex marriage at a military base, and in refusing to defend DOMA in the courts," the draft states.

Finally, after praising the benefits of marriage, the draft documents state, "[W]e believe that marriage, the union of one man and one woman must be upheld as the national standard, a goal to stand for, encourage, and promote through laws governing marriage." -- BuzzFeed

19 Comments

  1. Posted August 21, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Good.

    The plank will be strong and the difference between the parties clear.

    This will help immeasurably in the last, decisive weeks in the swing states.

  2. Good News
    Posted August 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    "a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman,"

    "[W]e believe that marriage, the union of one man and one woman must be upheld as the national standard, a goal to stand for, encourage, and promote through laws governing marriage."

    Say it again Sam!

  3. Ash
    Posted August 21, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    Great news!

  4. Daughter of Eve
    Posted August 21, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    Fantastic! All part of the dividing of the wheat from the tares.

  5. Richard
    Posted August 21, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Yep, great platform.
    Against Gays, against birth control, against a woman's choice, against immigrants, against religious freedom, against, against, against. What is the GOP for? Millionaires and bigots.

  6. Posted August 21, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    http://tinyurl.com/FedMar2

  7. Posted August 21, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    The GOP is against polygamists too, Richard- has been since 1856.

  8. Daughter of Eve
    Posted August 21, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    Ridiculous, Richard:

    "Against gays"--no, against redefining marriage from an opposite-sexed union to a neutered union; against the tyranny of sexual identity politics which undermine real equality

    "against birth control"--against tax payer funded birth control. Want birth control? Go buy some at the store. Don't want to pay for it? Don't have sex. Be accountable for your own procreation.

    "against a woman's choice"--against tax-payer funded infanticide. Don't want to be pregnant? Buy and use birth control, or don't have sex. Be accountable for your own procreative behaviors.

    "against immigrants"--against illegal aliens who cheat the immigration system, while others play by the rules.

    "against religious freedom"--what?

    Against those who want to make choices yet not be accountable for them. Against those who want a free ride at others' expense; against the promiscuous who treat sex like a plaything, against those who want to keep ratcheting up the debt our great grandchildren will be paying for, against the socialist/communist tyranny of the radical, liberal left. Against the touchy-feely blather of Obama, vs. the reality of Ryan's math skills...Yeah, it's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it.

    Romney/Ryan 2012

  9. Ash
    Posted August 21, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    Great post, DoE.

  10. Chris
    Posted August 21, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    I stand with the democrats then who strongly approve equality and justice for all.

    May the best democrat win

  11. Thom
    Posted August 21, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    DOE - You are against the socialist/communist blah blah blah...

    Does this mean you are prepared to give up Medicare, Social Security, public libraries, fire departments, police departments, etc.?

    Did Jesus tell you to feed the poor and tend to the sick, or did he only tell you that marriage is between a man and a woman?

  12. Living Straight
    Posted August 21, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    Thom Actually most rebulicans are against social security and medicare but we must now honor those socialist programs as we have nothing to replace them with and too many poor elderly are too dependent on them to end them.

    As for the sick and the poor yes Jesus did say to help your neighbors but he did not say suport them to a better lifestyle than you yourself possess. and Paul had this to say on lazy layabouts and it really is just common sense.

    2 Thessalonians 3:10

    "For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat."

    God ordained marriage in the garden of eden.

    And Jesus reiterated it. in Matthew 19:3-7.
    "And Pharisees came up to Him and tested Him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that He Who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said,

    ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?”

  13. Zack
    Posted August 21, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    The GOP is going to take the senate, by how much is a different story. It depends on who you listen to, current estimates range from 5-8 totaling 53 seats. At best we could see numbers as high as 57 seats in the hands of the GOP.

  14. flanoggin
    Posted August 22, 2012 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    1930's Germany all over again.....

  15. Natalie
    Posted August 22, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Daughter of Eve: excellent reply. Truthful and to the point.

  16. Jon
    Posted August 22, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    @DoE, you said:
    " "against a woman's choice"--against tax-payer funded infanticide. Don't want to be pregnant? Buy and use birth control, or don't have sex. Be accountable for your own procreative behaviors."

    You forgot to add: Don't get raped. After all, you have to be accountable for your own procreative behaviors.

    Also don't have pregnancy complications otherwise you'll be forced to put your own life in jeopardy in favor of saving your unborn's life.

    I know the official GOP platform does not take a stance on exemptions for rape or the health of the mother, but Paul Ryan opposes any exemptions, and it's ridiculous to refuse to take a stance on an issue where the answer should be so obvious.

  17. Daughter of Eve
    Posted August 22, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Jon, is this a common debate method of your's? Put your words in another's mouth, or attribute your motives to another, and then argue against those words? I notice Thom does the same thing. I generally prefer to speak for myself, unless I authorize another. Thanks for your consideration.

  18. twingirl2
    Posted August 23, 2012 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    @ Living Straight - Most Republicans are not against Medicare and Social Security, I don't know where you get that notion. We want to reform and save those programs, not get rid of them. @Jon - Paul Ryan is not in charge of either the platform or Mitt Romney's plans and has aligned himself with the presumptive nominee. The entire GOP leadership has denounced the candidate who made the improper remarks about rape and asked him to abandon his race, and he has apologized, also. If you really want to take on the issue of rape, however, I suggest you address the date rapes on college campuses, the pornographic industry, domestic abuse, and a host of other real problems women endure instead of making snide remarks about it.

  19. christina
    Posted August 24, 2012 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    Good to hear the platform of marriage being one man and one woman. Does that mean supporting lifelong marriage ? Vs easy no fault divorce that is often forced on an innocent spouse ,leaving the faithful spouse and children financially ,emotionally wounded for life ? Women and children abandoned like this end up being lead cause of poverty. Support true meaning of marriage. Expect husbands to " man up " and be faithful. Support families staying together vs the liberal push to selfishly destroy more families.