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So, The GOP Might Change Its Stance On Gay Marriage

The party would reportedly still view marriage as between a man and a woman but would no longer push for a constitutional amendment.

By Lauren Stephenson | July 11, 2016

"Most Americans agree that in this country as a legal and historical and religious union, marriage has to have the definition of one man and one woman," Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Convention, told "Meet the Press" in 2012.

It appears the GOP won't try to push for a constitutional amendment defining marriage anymore.


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CNN — which claims to have received a draft of the party platform ahead of the Republican National Convention — reports the party would leave it up to the states. But the platform would still say the government should recognize marriage as between a man and woman and "actively promote married family life as the basis of a stable and prosperous society."

And it would still call for a reversal of the Supreme Court's decision last year that legalized same-sex marriage. 

The news comes just days after CBS reported a group of platform committee members want to change the party's language to "equality language."

An unnamed delegate told the network, "There are ways to say things that show we are a party that believes in fairness for all Americans."

Other changes to the platform include emphasis on "trade agreements that put America first," which seems familiar.

"On trade, on immigration, on foreign policy, we are going to put America first again," Donald Trump said at a June 28 campaign event. 

But the draft platform doesn't really change its stance on abortion. Donald Trump said in April he would want the Republican platform to include exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother. However, the draft platform reportedly doesn't include exceptions.

This video includes clips from C-SPANCBS and ABC, and images from Getty Images.

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