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First openly gay Republican Platform Committee member introduces amendment

Rachel Hoff, the first openly gay member of the Republican Platform Committee, spoke on July 11 to her amendment to include platform language that acknowledges a thoughtful conversation about the diverse and deeply held views on marriage within the Party. “We all agree on one thing – the importance of the institution of marriage to our society. Gay and lesbian Americans like me are simply asking to join in that institution, to share in that institution, and to strengthen that institution. We are your daughters, we are your sons, your friends, your neighbors, your colleagues, the couple that sits next to you in church, and one day when I am ready to marry the woman that I love, I hope it will be me.”

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