Priebus says gay convention speaker is 'welcome in our party'
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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusTim Scott says he'd support Trump reelection bid Hill: Trump reelection would spur 'one constitutional crisis after another' Wisconsin GOP quietly prepares Ron Johnson backup plans MORE said on Friday that the party will welcome PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, who is gay, to speak at the party's national convention next week despite the party standing by its opposition to gay marriage.

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"We're still a party that believes that marriage is between one man and one woman, but it doesn't mean that we're going to kick people out," he said in an interview with The Associated Press.

He added that opposition to gay marriage is "one of the bedrock issues of our party."

Thiel is expected to be the first openly gay person to speak at the Republican convention.

"I can't win this race if I tell people that they're not welcome in our party," Priebus said. "He's been a good help to our party and many candidates across the country. He's a good Republican. He's welcome in our party. Period."

The platform that was hammered out earlier this week included a provision calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's legalization of gay marriage, according to The New York Times.