GOP rejects call to back off gay marriage opposition

By: | Published: July 12, 2016 8:34 AM

Republican officials have rejected a plea to back off the GOP's opposition to same-sex marriage, renewing the party's embrace of religious, conservative values as delegates prepares to welcome Donald Trump to their national convention.

Republicans who gathered to shape their party platform in Cleveland this week have also refused to reverse their opposition to bathroom choice for transgender people, exposing a rift with their presumptive presidential nominee - despite internal warnings that social conservative policies on gay rights alienate voters. (Reuters)Republicans who gathered to shape their party platform in Cleveland this week have also refused to reverse their opposition to bathroom choice for transgender people, exposing a rift with their presumptive presidential nominee – despite internal warnings that social conservative policies on gay rights alienate voters. (Reuters)

Republican officials have rejected a plea to back off the GOP’s opposition to same-sex marriage, renewing the party’s embrace of religious, conservative values as delegates prepares to welcome Donald Trump to their national convention.

Republicans who gathered to shape their party platform in Cleveland this week have also refused to reverse their opposition to bathroom choice for transgender people, exposing a rift with their presumptive presidential nominee – despite internal warnings that social conservative policies on gay rights alienate voters.

The debate comes as anxious conservatives try influence the direction of a party facing deep uncertainty about Trump’s positions on social issues.

Delegates will adopt an updated party platform when the Republican National Convention begins next week.

Delegates began the tedious process of updating the 62-page document this week.

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