Who’s in a marriage? GOP delegates will decide this weekend

Staff Report

INDIANAPOLIS—Whether marriage should be between a man and a woman exclusively will be the subject of debate this weekend at the state Republican Party’s convention in Evansville.

Delegates will have a chance to vote on a proposed change to the marriage plank of its platform, state Republican Party Chair Kyle Hupfer announced Wednesday. He was hearing from delegates who were upset over the removal of a line saying directly that marriage is between a man and a woman.

Kyle Hupfer is the state chairman of the Indiana Republican Party.

“Since the release of the draft 2018 Indiana Republican Party Platform, we have received hundreds of emails and calls from every side regarding the strong families section,” Hupfer said in a statement to delegates.

“From the beginning of this months-long process, we have tried to be very clear that delegates are the ultimate and final decision makers on the language in the platform.”

Hupfer assured delegates they will have a chance to vote on language in the 2018 draft or the statement in the 2016 platform that explicitly said, “We believe that strong families, based on marriage between a man and a woman, are the foundation of society.”

Political party platforms outline the broad principles and ideas that candidates will run on in the fall. The proposed platform, which is expected to be approved by delegates Saturday, also includes language about the First Amendment, government transparency and Second Amendment gun rights, among others.

In addition, the party will affirm its slate of statewide candidates who will be on the ballot in November, including Secretary of State Connie Lawson, Treasurer Kelly Mitchell and Auditor Tera Klutz, who are seeking second terms.

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