Young Conservatives visit Ohio to discuss removing anti-gay language from GOP platform
April 01, 2015
Yesterday, March 30, the Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry stopped in Ohio as part of their Reform the Platform campaign. Yesterday kicked off a three-day stay in Ohio, where Young Conservatives will hold a series of meetings with like-minded GOP members, discussing removing anti-gay language from the Republican Platform.
In the Reform the Platform campaign, Young Conservatives nationwide who support the freedom to marry are aiming to be the driving force leading up to the RNC Convention in the summer of 2016. The group aims to remove anti-gay language currently found in the national Republican Party platform and add new inclusive language on marriage and family that will demonstrate that the Republican Party is more inclusive to a diversity of views, including the growing number of Republicans who support the freedom to marry.
Jerri Ann Henry, campaign manager of Young Conservatices for the Freedom to Marry, explained the importance of visiting Ohio as part of the national tour:
Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry is in Ohio because it is a critical state in the primary process, it will be home to the 2016 Republican convention, and it is the site of a landmark marriage case before the U.S. Supreme Court. It is the perfect place to show that eliminating anti-gay language in the GOP platform is consistent with conservative principles of individual liberty and freedom. It's time our official party platform be true to these values, appeal to more voters, and reflect a greater diversity of views on marriage.
Obergefell v. Hodges and Henry v. Hodges, Ohio's marriage cases, will be joined by cases from Tennessee, Kentucky, and Michigan before the United States Supreme Court on April 28, with a ruling expected in late June.
Recently, a national poll showed that the support for marriage between same-sex couples has nearly doubled in the past eleven years, citing Conservatives as a group that grew in support.