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Social conservatives threaten to abandon GOP over gay marriage


A group of social conservatives sent Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to the RNC's annual spring meeting earlier this week with a stern warning: Hold firm on gay marriage opposition or risk us leaving the party.

In a letter addressed to Priebus and first obtained by NBC News, leaders of 13 Christian conservative groups made their demands on behalf of social conservatives.

"We respectfully warn GOP Leadership that an abandonment of its principles will necessarily result in the abandonment of our constituents to their support," they wrote. "We could not change that even if we wished to."

Priebus is in Los Angeles this week, where GOP leaders have gathered to take part in a three-day event to help determine the direction of the party. The spring meeting comes on the heels of the RNC's "Growth and Opportunity Project" report, which sought to identify problem areas in the Republican Party following 2012 election losses. Some said the report encourages the GOP to step back from some of its more traditional social conservative views, like opposition to gay marriage, to expand its outreach.

But the letter claims that social conservatives could be successful in expanding the GOP's allure without changing its platform.

"It is the faith-based community which offers Republicans their best hope of expanding their support in these groups. Going 'vanilla' or even changing long held positions would quickly end this opportunity," they wrote, before applying pressure to Priebus on the gay marriage issue in particular.

While the current GOP platform, approved at the Republican National Convention in August, includes support for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, the signatories of the letter want a further guarantee that the RNC is standing by the agenda.

"As a gesture of good faith and an affirmation of its positions, we strongly recommend that the RNC meeting in Los Angeles on April 9th pass a resolution reaffirming its support of the 2012 National GOP Platform adopted in Tampa," they write.

(Read the group's entire letter here)

While the vote hasn't taken place yet, the RNC meeting isn't set to wrap up until later in the week. One such affirmation could be an anti-marriage equality resolution that, according to Chris Moody of Yahoo News, will be voted on by Republican committeemen. Here's the text of the measure, via Moody:

[T]he Republican National Committee affirms its support for marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and as the optimum environment in which to raise healthy children for the future of America; and be it further resolved, the Republican National Committee implores the U. S. Supreme Court to uphold the sanctity of marriage in its rulings on California’s Proposition 8 and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act. The letter is the latest move by social conservatives to caution GOP leaders not to waver in their opposition to gay marriage, despite mounting evidence that it is becoming an unpopular political position.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) claimed last month that evangelicals "will take a walk" away from the GOP if the party pivots on gay marriage. And earlier this week, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (R) cautioned Republicans that it would be "suicidal" for the GOP to embrace marriage equality.

by Anonymousreply 1604/12/2013

I need more popcorn, please.

by Anonymousreply 104/11/2013

I hope they fuck themselves on the way out the door.

by Anonymousreply 204/11/2013

Gay relationships should stay where they belong, in the men's room at the airport.

by Anonymousreply 304/11/2013

Fingers crossed that the "faith-based" end up split off as an irrelevant fragment.

by Anonymousreply 404/11/2013

Why that is excellent advice!! I hope that the GOP leadership takes it to heart.

Being on the wrong side of history should be such familiar ground for them.

by Anonymousreply 504/11/2013

I worry about the side show splitting off from the Republicans. What if they start seeming viable again with the crazy aunts locked in the attic?

by Anonymousreply 604/11/2013

Most awkward wording ever?

[quote]"We respectfully warn GOP Leadership that an abandonment of its principles will necessarily result in the abandonment of our constituents to their support,"

by Anonymousreply 704/11/2013

^ I knew Palin was involved!

by Anonymousreply 804/11/2013

Another "DEFCON 6" moment, R7.

They are nothing if not consistent when it comes to their idiocy.

by Anonymousreply 904/11/2013


by Anonymousreply 1004/11/2013

They'll join the Tea Party and the Tea Party will become the 3rd national party.

by Anonymousreply 1104/11/2013

Good...Love seeing the 18th century thinkng evil Republicans evaporate.....give these pricks the state of Montana to live in and leave the rest of us alone.

by Anonymousreply 1204/11/2013

R5, although they were on the right side of history during the Civil War and on slavery.

by Anonymousreply 1304/12/2013

And precisely where are they going to go?

by Anonymousreply 1404/12/2013

[quote]although they were on the right side of history during the Civil War and on slavery.

And they're doing everything in their power to wrong that right.

by Anonymousreply 1504/12/2013

Maybe r15, but if you want to talk about the "right side of history" at least be historically accurate.

by Anonymousreply 1604/12/2013
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