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6/2/2018 7:01:00 PM
Marriage question divides state GOP

Niki Kelly, Journal Gazette

INDIANAPOLIS – A familiar debate over marriage has surfaced once again in the Indiana Republican Party.

As the state convention nears, the GOP is working on an updated state party platform to be approved by delegates from around the state.

But key conservatives aren't happy with proposed changes – which would eliminate specific wording about marriage between a man and a woman.

“It is a weak statement of pure mush,” said Micah Clark, executive director of the American Family Association of Indiana. “Why would the Indiana Republican Party, in the vice president's home state where he and Donald Trump won by 19 points, move left from the national platform and its base of Hoosier voters?

“The Indiana Republican Party should stand for something, and not turn its back on a massive part of its base known as 'values voters,'” Clark said.

Clark sent the statement in an email to supporters and encouraged them to contact Indiana Republican Party Chairman Kyle Hupfer.

Hupfer responded Friday by saying the proposed language is an attempt to include various Republicans and their family structures.

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