Indiana GOP votes to keep definition of marriage as 'between a man and a woman'

Indiana GOP votes to keep definition of marriage as 'between a man and a woman'
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The Indiana Republican Party voted to keep language defining marriage as being “between a man and a woman” in its platform, rejecting language meant to be more inclusive of same-sex couples.

Members at the GOP state party’s convention on Saturday overwhelmingly voted to keep the language first adopted under then-Gov. Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceIndiana sisters with history of opposing Pence donate millions to Dems Hillicon Valley: Trump signs off on sanctions for election meddlers | Russian hacker pleads guilty over botnet | Reddit bans QAnon forum | FCC delays review of T-Mobile, Sprint merger | EU approves controversial copyright law Overnight Defense: Trump marks 9/11 anniversary | Mattis says Assad 'has been warned' on chemical weapons | US identifies first remains of returned Korean war troops MORE (R) in 2014, the Times of Northwest Indiana reported.

The Supreme Court in 2015 ruled that same-sex marriage was legal in the U.S.


Party Chairman Kyle Hupfer, who was picked for the job by Gov. Eric Holcomb (R), had proposed changing the language to recognize more families, including “all loving adults” with children.

“We support traditional families with a mother and father, blended families, grandparents, guardians, single parents and all loving adults who successfully raise and nurture children to reach their full potential every day,” the proposal read.

Daniel Elliot, chairman of the Morgan County Republican Party, told the Times that the concept of marriage being between a man and woman is central to the beliefs of “Hoosier Republicans.”

“This language … recognizes the reality on the ground that most families are headed by married couples,” Elliot said.

Porter County Republican Chairman Michael Simpson had lobbied for the new language, calling it “the best platform for our party and the best way for us to grow.”

Simpson said after the vote that he would accept the existing platform.