GOP platform meeting ignores gay delegate’s tearful plea for marriage equality
Not only did the Republican Party’s Platform Committee on Monday lash out against the legalization of same-sex marriage, it paid seemingly no mind to a tearful appeal from the group’s only gay member, The Hill reported.
“We all agree about the importance of the institution of marriage. We’re asking to join in that institution,” Rachel Hoff said during the first platform planning meeting in Cleveland. “We’re your daughters, your sons, your neighbors, colleagues and the couples that sit next to you in church.”
Hoff, who is from Washington D.C., proposed an amendment to the party’s platform stating that the party would both acknowledge popular support for marriage equality and “welcome a thoughtful conversation among Republicans about the meaning and importance of marriage and to commit to respect for all families.”
According to The Hill, she was “choking back tears at times” as she made the case for her proposal.
“I’m not asking you to endorse my own constitutional rights,” she said. “I’m only asking you to recognize that many of the Republicans who sent us here to do work this week to shape the platform agree with me, and should not be excluded from the party.”
Instead, her idea was “overwhelmingly” defeated. As LGBTQ Nation reported, the platform’s current draft calls for a reversal of the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling legalizing marriage equality around the country.
“Our laws and our government’s regulations should recognize marriage as the union of one man and one woman and actively promote married family life as the basis of a stable and prosperous society,” the draft states.