RNC votes unanimously against same-sex marriage

Rebranding only goes so far. From Time magazine:

The Republican National Committee voted unanimously Friday to reaffirm the party’s commitment to upholding the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman, upending party efforts to grow support among younger voters.

A resolution introduced Wednesday by Michigan committeeman Dave Agema, who came under fire last month for posting an article describing gays as “filthy” on his Facebook page, passed the full RNC by a voice vote and without debate. A second resolution reaffirming “core values” of the party — including opposition to same-sex marriage — was also passed.


Republican Party officials bristle at coverage of the controversy. “While we have to do things differently, there’s one thing that can’t and won’t change: our principles,” said RNC chairman Reince Priebus.

Evan Wolfson, president and founder of Freedom to Marry, was quick on the draw with a statement.

“With Republican support for the freedom to marry increasing every day — aided by the journeys of leaders like Senators Mark Kirk and Rob Portman — the RNC is showing itself out of touch with this resolution,” he said. “A party that claims to value individual freedom, personal responsibility, family stability, and limited government should be embracing the freedom to marry, as have a growing majority of young Republicans. RNC leaders would do well to align themselves with these supporters, who represent the party’s future, instead of digging in against the right side of history.”

But I’d be shocked if Wolfson or anyone else seriously thought the RNC wouldn’t pass such a resolution.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • steve weir

    Finish the work; outlaw divorce and criminalize adultery. Then, run that up your flag poll and watch your rats run for cover. Hypocritical SOB’s.

  • Bruce R. Peterson, Lafayette

    Wow! Steve’s comment makes this subject interesting. I’m hoping to be invited to a same sex wedding. The girls are both 21 & so sweet. I’ve known one of them since she was 7. She was smarter than me, when she was 10. Now she is a talented artist.

  • JohnW

    Good to see Steve Weir commenting here. Hope you are finding retirement agreeable.

    RNC has it’s proverbial head up its proverbial you-know-what on this. Before Lawrence v Texas, they could have gone to jail for that.

    Not sure what “principles” they think they are sticking to in the case of marriage equality. But if they are trying to drive most people under 30 from their ever-shrinking tent, this is a fine way of doing that.

  • steve weir

    Hi, guys, nice to be on a blog where people use their real names. Not that there isn’t a rich tradition of anonymous political postings in our history.

    p.s., I know that I’m early into this retirement thing, but I feel guilty being out-and-about during work hours. Found myself at Costco this afternoon, and almost fell to the temptation to have a leisurely lunch in the isles. In the past, I felt that such folly only interupped the progress of those of us on a time budget, as nothing more than an obsticle.

    O.K., I really miss my work, but I am counseled by the legions of retirees that this, too, will pass.

  • JohnW

    @3 Catching matinee movies during school hours and sharing the theatre with a small number of people is one plus.

    Speaking of which, I just saw “42” today. Wow! What an inspiration! What great acting! People actually applauded at the end.

  • Bruce R. Peterson, Lafayette

    New Zealand is the 13th country to legalize same sex marriage. The list is made up of the least oppressive countries on the planet. Josh wants to know what kind of news I want to hear. This is an example. New Zealand is expecting a tourism boom because of this social progress.