The Nevada GOP has stripped the pro-life and pro-traditional marriage stances from its platform.
Amid raucous debate, Nevada Republican Party conventioneers on Saturday stripped opposition to gay marriage and abortion from the party platform and endorsed Gov. Brian Sandoval for governor in the June 10 primary despite misgivings by conservatives, his criticism of the process and his absence from the meeting.
By a show of hands, convention-goers adopted the platform as proposed by a separate committee without the two planks on marriage and abortion, following the Clark County GOP’s lead in removing hot-button social issues from the party’s statement of its principles. Some 520 delegates attended the convention, but less than half were present when the platform was adopted at about 7:30 p.m. Little debate preceded the vote, a far contrast to earlier in day.
State party Chairman Michael McDonald said it was a successful convention at the end of the day.
“I think it was about inclusion, not exclusion,” McDonald said, referring to the platform. “This is where the party is going.”
OK. To me the only surprising thing is that all states haven’t done it. Us pro-life, traditional marriage types are the double dippers at the chip bowl. We’re the social lepers at the party. Pro-lifers, while making up a large portion of the party, are seen as the help. The people who do all the work but they don’t want to actually converse with.
People who care about actual issues are supposed to forget their actual issues and just vote GOP and be silent.
As far as what the GOP Chair McDonald said -on the one hand I love when people talk about inclusion because it inevitably means that someone’s being excluded, in this case it’s the unborn and those who care about the unborn. On the other hand I’ve got to agree that this is indeed where I believe the party is going…going…gone.