A powerfully funded pro-gay marriage movement is organizing within the Republican Party to take support for our classic understanding of marriage out of the Republican Party platform, reports the Washington Blade, a leading gay newspaper.
The group Platform Reform is a campaign that originally grew out of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry but is now a project of the American Unity Fund, a Republican group dedicated to changing the GOP’s stance on marriage and other gay issues.
The money behind the push? It comes from Paul Singer, hedge fund CEO and one of the biggest Republican backers of same-sex marriage. Since 2010, Singer donated $1.6 million to start the American Unity PAC last year, and he has donated over $3 million to Freedom to Marry. Marc Solomon, the national campaign director of the organization, has said that Singer has made a “profound difference” in the movement “by putting his power, muscle, dollars, and heft behind this issue.”
The three-paragraph plank proposed by Platform Reform seeks to “recognize the debate on same-sex marriage within the Republican Party without articulating an objection to it.” Neutralizing the GOP’s support for our marriage tradition, and opposition to the Supreme Court’s radical decision in Obergefell redefining it, is the group’s stated mission.
As Jerri Ann Henry, campaign manager for Platform Reform, puts it: “We’re pro-limited government, we’re very pro-family,” she said. “Having more families is a big deal in our community and makes for a more stable society. We would like to replace the hateful language with inclusive language that reinforces our commitment to the values of limited government, individual freedom and family, but is inclusive of all those views.” This is the Orwellian doublespeak: families good, traditional understanding of marriage bad. Inclusion means excluding those of us who know marriage is the union of husband and wife for a reason, because these families make new life and connect children to their moms and dads. Caring about that? Bad, very bad, in the vision of the Singer-funded Platform Reform movement.
The 2012 GOP Platform says that, “We affirm our support for a Constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.” The platform also states, “We applaud the citizens of the majority of States which have enshrined in their constitutions the traditional concept of marriage, and we support the campaigns underway in several other States to do so.”
Instead, Paul Singer’s foundation proposes that the platform define marriage “as a religious institution and as a fundamental, personal freedom.” It is one of the foundations of civil society, the plank states, “rooted in love and lifelong commitment.” Marriage is the strange way the government chooses to license personal romantic commitments, not the way we create the next generation.
Anna Pfaff works for the American Principles Project.