LAS VEGAS — The Republican Party of one county in Nevada recently voted to remove its definition of marriage from its party platform, as well as its position on abortion.
Members of the Clark County Republican Party largely agreed to the changes on Saturday, editing out language in the party platform that outlined their belief in marriage being only between a man and a woman. A statement affirming the party’s opposition to abortion and its commitment to life was also removed from the document.
Director Nick Phillips told reporters that the adjustments came as a result of discussions during the party’s committee meeting this weekend in Las Vegas. He said that black and white statements on social issues run contrary to the group’s belief in personal freedom.
“We’re supposed to be a party that believes in the right to make personal decisions,” he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “This is a huge first step.”
While removing language from the party platform referencing marriage and the right to life, the Clark County Republican Party decided to add language to its preamble regarding “sexual orientation.”
“We the people of the Clark County Republican Party affirm that this Nation and this State were founded upon the principle that all people are created equal; that the powers of government are derived from the people for the purpose of protecting the people’s God given right to be free and to choose their own pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness; without regard to race, gender, religion, country of origin, or sexual orientation,” it now reads.
Some reports state that the changes to the platform could be due to recent leadership’s support of former presidential candidate Ron Paul, a libertarian who emphasizes his belief in personal liberty and smaller government.
“There’s a benefit to having a bigger tent and welcoming everybody—whether you’re gay or you’re straight, or pro-life or pro-choice,” Phillips told KSNV-TV. “The world changes and time changes, right?”
While the Clark County Republican Party is reportedly the first in the nation to eradicate marriage and life from its platform, some have been urging Christians for some time not to look to the Republican Party, or any specific party, as the savior.
“When will Christians ever learn they are getting played by the GOP?” Pastor Matt Trewhella of Mercy Seat Christian Church told Christian News Network. “It is like Lucy pulling the football out from in front of Charlie Brown so that he falls on his back again and again.”
“We need people to be Biblical and constitutional,” former presidential candidate Michael Anthony Peroutka declared. “Republican is not the standard.”
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