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posted Friday, April 18 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 16
Nevada GOP drops opposition to marriage equality
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Nevada GOP drops opposition to marriage equality

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A raucous Nevada Republican convention adopted a platform without the traditional planks opposing same-sex marriage and abortion in a show of hands on April 12.

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, less than half of the convention's 520 delegates were present for the evening vote approving the recommendations of the GOP platform committee.

Previously, the state party platform defined marriage as 'between a man and a woman,' as does the Nevada Constitution. The past platform also described the party as 'pro-life,' or against abortion, a stance most Republicans still agree with.

Platform committee members said they decided not to deal with hot-button social issues this year because the U.S. Supreme Court and lower courts have weighed in, and it makes no sense for the 'party of personal freedom' to have the government or the political party get involved in people's personal lives.

'The issue was how can we back out of people's personal lives,' said platform committee member Dave Hockaday. 'We need to focus on issues where we can have an impact.'

'I think it was about inclusion, not exclusion,' Nevada Republican chair Michael McDonald said about the platform vote. 'This is where the party is going.'

Log Cabin Republicans, the party's small LGBT caucus, issued a statement saying they were pleased with the new platform.

'The state party has made it clear that they want a 'bigger tent' and has welcomed us into it,' said Ed Williams, President of Log Cabin Republicans of Nevada and a delegate at the convention. 'Today's historic vote positions the Log Cabin Republicans of Nevada and our allies to be even more effective in demonstrating that the Republican Party is the party of limited government, personal responsibility and individual liberty.'

Log Cabin Republicans National Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo also issued a statement seemingly taking credit for the platform changes.

'Once again, our local Log Cabin Republicans members have made a critical difference pushing the GOP toward the right side of history by going where others fear to tread - or cannot tread because of their party affiliation,' he said.

'The Republican Party is at a crossroads: In a year where the Massachusetts GOP rolled back the clock and added divisive social issues to its platform, the [Nevada] state Republican Party responsible for nominating Sharron Angle in 2010 seems to have finally learned to focus on the issues that truly matter to voters, which will lead to massive Republican wins at the ballot box this fall.'

In another controversial move, the convention endorsed incumbent Republican Governor Brian Sandoval for reelection in the June 10 primary, despite his unpopularity with the party's right wing.

Conservative delegates were reportedly disenchanted with Sandoval for his absence from the convention, and for balancing the state's biennial budgets in 2011 and 2013 by twice extending a $600 million tax package that was supposed to expire.

Sandoval also agreed with Nevada's Democratic Attorney General, Catherine Cortez Mastro, that the state should not defend its laws against same-sex marriage in a case now pending before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He personally opposes same-sex marriage, Sandoval says, but he thinks the appeals court will strike down the law anyway.

For several years the Nevada GOP has been split by the same divisions as the national Republican party - with establishment Republicans pitted against conservative Tea Party members and voters who backed former U.S. Representative Ron Paul for president.

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