Republicans decided to continue supporting gender-integrated marriage at their party convention.
Two longshot efforts to alter the Republican Party’s official position on same-sex marriage failed Tuesday morning.
The first, proposed by Rhode Island delegate Barbara Fenton, called for ending government-recognized marriage and replacing it with civil unions for both homosexual and heterosexual couples.
Ms. Fenton, a Roman Catholic, said she was personally opposed to same-sex marriage but “those are my religious beliefs and this country was founded on the separation of church and state”
Whether it is civil or religious, the problem with segregating genders in marriage is that it is inherently anti-gender. Same-sex marriage is founded on the separation of children and gender diverse parents. You don’t have to be "religious" to agree that gender diversity is beneficial to developing children.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, representing Louisiana explained:
“This would move us away from a party that recognizes the benefits that marriage extends to a society,” Mr. Perkins said. “We recognize nature, we recognize history, that nature is the union of one man and one woman.”
The committee backed Mr. Perkins’s position, defeating the amendment on a voice vote.
Another amendment, proposed by Pat Kerby from Nevada, would have added support for civil unions for same-sex couples to the platform. He couched his proposal in strategic terms, saying that opposition to recognition of same-sex unions gave “Hollywood and the media” the opportunity to paint the GOP in a negative light.
“I really really really really don’t want Obama to win this election,” he said. “And I believe this is an issue that will be a tipping point and that we can take this stance and still keep our commitment to the institution of marriage.”
But others disagreed, pointing to the success of referendums prohibiting same-sex marriage. Mr. Kerby’s amendment also failed on a voice vote.
I really really really really don't want gender-segregated marriage to win in November. Americans to realize how important gender is to marriage and children. The tipping point comes when voters understand how important gender is to marriage and children. Indeed, gender integration is integral to marriage.
Segregating genders are for public bathrooms and college dorms. Not for depriving children of a mom and dad.
Defend gender. Support pro-gender marriage.