The Platform Reform Campaign is a coalition of conservative voters and delegates from around the country focused on reforming the national Republican Party platform on marriage to remove anti-gay portions and replace it with respectful and welcoming language that more fully reflects conservative principles such as limited government, strong families and freedom.
2016 Republican Party Platform Plank on Marriage and Family (proposed)
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.
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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