GOP softens pro-marriage language in 2024 platform – Catholic World Report

GOP softens pro-marriage language in 2024 platform – Catholic World Report

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CNA staff, July 9, 2024, 11:45 a.m. (CNA).

The Republican Party’s 2024 platform noticeably softened the party’s stance on marriage, moving away from earlier language that reaffirmed the traditional definition of marriage and condemned earlier Supreme Court rulings on the issue.

In its 2016 platform, the Republican Party defended “traditional marriage and the family,” which it said are “founded on marriage between one man and one woman” and are “the foundation of a free society.”

The 2016 platform directly criticized the 2013 Supreme Court ruling in United States v. Windsor, which held that the federal government cannot treat state-sanctioned same-sex “marriages” differently from traditional heterosexual marriages.

The platform also condemned the landmark 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges ruling that legalized same-sex marriage across the United States. The Obergefell ruling “deprived 320 million Americans of their rightful constitutional authority to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” the party said.

The Republican Party did not release an updated version of the program in 2020. However, it did in its 2024 program., The Republican Party has significantly scaled back its talk on marriage, mentioning it only briefly while promising to “strengthen American families.”

“Republicans will promote a culture that values ​​the sanctity of marriage, the blessing of childhood, the fundamental role of family, and supports working parents,” the platform states. “We will end the policies that punish families.”

The GOP platform for 2024 is largely seen as heavily steered by presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. CBS News called the document “Trump-influenced,” while NPR said the platform is “following in Trump’s footsteps.”

Trump has given conflicting answers on same-sex marriage in the past, though he said in 2016 that he “accepts” the Supreme Court ruling on the policy and in 2019 one of his advisers reaffirmed that he accepts “gay marriage.”

The Republican Party platform has softened in other ways since 2016. The 2024 Republican National Convention’s platform committee also took action this week to pass new abortion legislation, removing a “right to life” item from the platform and a call for a national law protecting unborn life.

Previous versions of the document have stated that unborn children have a “fundamental right to life that shall not be violated” and have called for a constitutional amendment to guarantee this right.

However, this year’s programme uses much more balanced language and emphasises the role of states in protecting life.

“We proudly stand with families and life,” the new document says. “We believe that the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees that no one shall be denied life or liberty without due process, and therefore states have the freedom to enact laws to protect those rights.”

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