Jul 10, 2016 12:19 AM GMT
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/moderate-republicans-propose-softening-official-gop-position-on-lgbt/Republicans to consider softening party's official language on LGBT
With the Republican National Convention less than two weeks away, moderate Republicans are drafting an amendment that would soften the GOP's official position on gays and lesbians, CBS News has learned.
The party's official stance on LGBT issues will be debated during next week's meeting of the RNC's platform committee, a 112-member group of Republican activists from around the country.
...Perhaps more surprising than the effort itself is the fact that staunch social conservatives from the Midwest and South are prepared to accept rhetorical tweaks.
Currently, the language adopted during the 2012 platform calls the "redefinition of marriage" by state courts an "assault on the foundations of society." It's unclear whether or not this language will be eliminated. But the compromise that some delegates are expecting is the addition of "equality language."
...Trump has opposed same-sex marriage since he first dabbled in presidential politics in 2000.
Jim Bopp Jr., a conservative Indiana delegate on the platform, said the old platform language on same-sex marriage is no longer appropriate since last year's landmark Supreme Court ruling that allowed same-sex couples to marry nationwide.
This won't change the core of the issue, Bopp told CBS News. He also said that adopting friendlier language toward gays and lesbians should not be perceived as a major concession by conservatives....