The Nevada Republican Party rejected language on Saturday that would have instituted opposition to same-sex marriage within the state party platform.
As part of the biennial effort to redraft the party platform, the Nevada Republican Party platform committee didn’t include anti-gay language in the proposed draft document. Delegates at the convention voted down an initiative to include an anti-gay marriage plank, as well as a pro-life plank, by an unrecorded hand vote.
Ed Williams, president of Log Cabin Republicans of Nevada and a delegate at the convention, said he thinks the Nevada Republican Party rejected the language because it saw what happened by nominating Sharron Angle as a U.S. Senate candidate in 2010.
“They had recently gone through the process of going very socially conservative, and it didn’t get the result they expected,” William said.
Gregory Angelo, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, said the rejection of the anti-gay language reflects a growing trend of greater support for marriage equality in the Republican Party.
“The Republican Party is at a crossroads,” Angelo said. “In a year where the Massachusetts GOP rolled back the clock and added divisive social issues to its platform, the state Republican Party responsible for nominating Sharron Angle in 2010 seems to have finally learned to focus on the issues that truly matter to voters, which will lead to massive Republican wins at the ballot box this fall.”
The Nevada Republican Party rejects opposition to same-sex marriage as a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s marriage ban filed by Lambda Legal is pending before the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.