Are Oregon Republicans finally realizing that having an anti-gay stance is a lost cause? In their efforts to recruit younger generations and LGBT people, social issues are being dropped from the party's discourse, find out more after the jump.
The Oregon GOP are making bold moves by removing wording that condemned same-sex marriage, civil unions and same-sex parent families. Oregon republicans have been having trouble gaining momentum because of their position on social issues, but the state party spokesman Greg Leo wants people to know that they are more "centrist."
Desperate times, we say. No Republican has been elected governor since 1987, and the Democrats hold every statewide office. Yea, we'd say a change was needed too.
The change was pushed by Xander Almeida whose motion to remove the language was originally shot down by a "family" caucus, until Chairman Allen Alley brought it to a full floor vote, according to Oregon Live.
The party, as a whole, still maintains the idea of marriage between one man and one woman, but that debate will not find itself in their platform for the next election cycle.
According to Jeana Frazzini of Basic Rights Oregon “It appears that the change to the platform is further indication that people are becoming more aware that denying same-sex couples access to civil marriage negatively impacts all our families.” Or, it implies that people are becoming more accepting of it, and if Republicans want to have any place in governing the future, they must let go of their religion-based discrimination.
Unfortunately, this looks less like a change-of-heart and more like a strategic move to stay relevant. But at least the bigots are quieting down.
(Source Lez Get Real)