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MEDIA ADVISORY: GOP Platform Reform campaign manager available for commentary at Republican National Committee winter meeting/Fox Business Debate

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MEDIA ADVISORY: GOP Platform Reform campaign manager available for commentary at Republican National Committee winter meeting/Fox Business Debate

Charleston S.C. – Jerri Ann Henry, campaign manager for the effort aiming to reform the Republican Party’s national platform to reflect the Party’s diverse, principled, and evolving views on marriage, is attending the RNC winter meeting and Fox Business debate in Charleston, SC. She is available for political commentary on an array of issues relevant to millennials and has established expertise on the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, religious liberty, a federal marriage amendment, and the Republican Party’s shifted sentiment on marriage and family.

Henry has done extensive media interviews on behalf of the Platform Reform campaign in national publications as well as early presidential states including New Hampshire, Iowa, Nevada, South Carolina, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, and Colorado.

Areas of Expertise include:
  • SCOTUS ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges
  • Federal Marriage Constitutional Amendment
  • Religious Liberty
  • Shifting Public Opinion/Polling on LGBTQ issues
    • Millennials
    • Evangelicals

Click here to read Jerri Ann Henry’s full bio.

About Platform Reform: The Platform Reform campaign is a growing, nationwide center-right coalition recruiting and urging delegates to the 2016 RNC Convention to reform the national Republican Party platform on marriage.
 
The Platform Reform campaign aims to remove mean-spirited and divisive language from the national Republican Party platform and replace it with more inclusive language that fully reflects that the Republican Party’s sentiment on marriage has changed. The campaign launched in 2014 as part of the Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry.

Since 2014, the campaign has traveled to grow and organize a nationwide coalition of elected officials, like-minded conservatives, and RNC delegates who agree the Republican Party platform on marriage should be revised to reflect the Party’s evolving, diverse, and principled views. With the help of grassroots activists, the campaign is contacting every 2016 Presidential campaign, state party chair, committeeman, and committeewoman to encourage them to support Platform Reform’s suggested 2016 platform statement on marriage and family.

2016 Republican Party Platform Plank on Marriage and Family (suggested)
We believe that marriage matters both as a religious institution and as a fundamental, personal freedom. Because marriage-rooted in love and lifelong commitment-is one of the foundations of civil society, as marriage thrives, so our nation thrives.
 
We believe that the health of marriage nationwide directly affects the social and economic well-being of individuals and families, and that undermining families leads to more government costs and more government control over the lives of its citizens. Therefore, we believe in encouraging the strength and stability of all families.
 
We recognize that there are diverse and sincerely held views on civil marriage within the Party, and that support for allowing same-sex couples the freedom to marry has grown substantially in our own Party. Given this journey that so many Americans, including Republicans, are on, we encourage and welcome a thoughtful conversation among Republicans about the meaning and importance of marriage, and commit our Party to respect for all families and fairness and freedom for all Americans.
Polling:
 
The sentiment within the Republican Party has shifted.
  • Republican pollster Whit Ayres says, “On no issue in American life have opinions changed as fast as they have on gay rights. It is truly a stunning development.”
  • A 2014 Washington Post/ABC News poll found that support for the freedom to marry crosses party lines, with 40% of Republicans saying they support marriage for same-sex couples, with 23% strongly supportive.
  • A 2014 New York Times/CBS News poll found that 56% of Republicans under the age of 45 support marriage for gay and lesbian couples and a 2014 Pew Research poll found that 61% of Republicans under 30 support marriage for gay and lesbian couples.
  • The rate of growth among Republicans has never been higher. From a CNN/ORC Poll (February 19, 2015): “On another issue slated to come before the court this term, 63% of Americans say that gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry and have their marriages recognized by the law as valid. That’s up from 49% in August 2010. Over that time, the share who see marriage as a constitutional right has climbed 15 points among Republicans to 42% and 19 points among Democrats to 75%.”
  • Between 2006 and 2011, GOP support grew a total of 8 percentage points. Now, support is growing even faster: one poll shows a 15% increase in support among Republicans in less than two years. (New York Times, February 2014).
  • Pollster, Former Romney Director of Data Science, and YCFTM Leadership Committee member Alex Lundry noted that 64% of self- identifying Evangelical millennials support same-sex marriage (March 2013).
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The Platform Reform campaign is a growing, nationwide center-right coalition recruiting and urging delegates to the 2016 RNC Convention to reform the national Republican Party platform on marriage.

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