GOP 2016 Presidential platform supports “religious freedom,” ex-gay therapy, traditional marriage and the bible taught in schools
As Republicans gather for their National Convention in Cleveland this week, they’ll be solidifying the issues the party stands for as it continues to pursue the Whitehouse in 2016.
Those issues include a number of topics related to the LGBTQ community, often in the face of recently made progress. While some issues are still in the subcommittee stage, they might come as a surprise to some of you… or not.
The subcommittees vote and then send winning “planks” to the full committee which then votes on them again. Planks that pass that full committee vote then make up the party’s “platform,” or collection of issues the party candidate should adhere too.
One of the biggest issues to hit sexual minorities is the party’s full embrace of marriage defined between one man and one woman.
The exact text of the plank is as follows:
foremost among those institutions is the American family. It is the foundation of civil society, and the cornerstone of the family is natural marriage, the union between one and and one woman.
For such a measure to pass, Republicans would have to overturn the SCOTUS decisions around Obergefell which struct bans on same-sex marriage around the country last year. In theory they would have to stock the Supreme Court with supportive justices to do so which seems unlikely considering the death of Scalia vacated a conservative voice – but if other justices were to step down or pass away during the next four years, it could leave the door open to such a reality.
In keeping with the theme of “traditional marriage,” the RNC has also voted to include a push for an amendment to the US Constitution which would ban same-sex marriage saying they “do not accept the Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage.” The plank urges the reversal of the decision and includes language which states children deserve a “marriage mom and dad,” and that “ millions of American families do not have the advantages that come with that structure.”
Read the text from that plank below:
“The data and the facts lead to an inescapable conclusion: that every child deserves a married mom and dad. The reality remains that millions of American families do not have the advantages that come with that structure. We honor the courageous efforts of those who bear the burdens of parenting alone and embrace the principle that all Americans should be treated with dignity and respect. But respect is not enough. 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. For that reason, as explained elsewhere in the platform, we do not accept the Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage and we urge its reversal, whether through judicial reconsideration or a constitutional amendment returning control over marriage to states.”
And don’t think so called “religious freedom” was left off the list. The full committee “overwhelmingly” supported the First Amendment Defense Act which would stop the government from punishing a company if they denied services to someone because of their religious belief or moral conviction that:
(1) marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or
(2) sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.
The FADA is currently being debated on the House floor, one month after the death of 49 LGBTQ individuals at an Orlando night club.
Other approved planks include transgender people using the bathroom aligning with their birth gender
Up next, a plank which suggest a parent has a right to put their child through ex-gay or conversion therapy has also been approved. The plank was introduced by Family Research Council president Tony Perkins who has long argued the treatment, which has been banned in several states, is considered fraud in New Jersey, and leads to suicide among those who are forced to attend, should be the parent’s decision.
Last month a poll was released which showed a majority of Virginians were agianst the use of conversion therapy on minors.
While this plank might still be in the subcommittee phase and would still face a full committee vote, there’s little to suggest it wouldn’t get approved considering the passed planks mentioned above.
Finally, though less LGBTQ related, a RNC subcommittee has also pushed for the Bible to be taught in schools as a historical document in public school’s American History classes.
Party platforms and the planks that make them up are not necessarily strict guidance for candidates in an election year, however they are issues submitted, voted on and approved by loyal members which make up the core party.
According to the New York Times, GOP candidates like Bob Dole and Mitt Romney both disagreed with approved party planks when they ran:
Differences between a candidate’s views and what is written in the platform are nothing new, of course. Bob Dole admitted he had not read the entire document when he was the Republican nominee in 1996. And he publicly repudiated parts of it that called for a constitutional amendment to deny automatic citizenship for children born to illegal immigrants.
Obviously Trump has done little to woo party insiders and loyalists, so there’s little reason to believe he’d adhere to the proposed platform as well. Either way, it’s a reminder of where the core of the party lies and just how obsessed they are with LGBTQ rights.
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