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Moderates Try to Recapture CA Republican Party

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During last week’s deficit showdown, Tea Party Republicans in Washington rejected congressional compromise and stuck fast to their ideological guns. But, Republicans elsewhere are taking a less rigid stance.

It looks like Republicans in California might be trying something new and revolutionary. Moderates within the state Republican Party have softened the party platform on social issues to appeal to a broader audience. Tea Party conservatives have lost every statewide office here, and the party’s registration is in the low 30s.

The platform now says that the Party “supports traditional marriage” instead of explicitly defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman. It also crosses out opposition to same-sex adoption, domestic partner benefits and child custody.

Longtime conservative party activist Mike Spence tells the LA Times the platform is “castrating conservative ideas.”

But Party advisory committee member Leonard Lanzi thinks the platform will “appeal to a broader group of folks.”

Lanzi is also the head of the California Log Cabin Republicans. The gay GOP group has worked hard to put gays on the platform committee.

Log Cabin/LA president Scott Schmidt tells OutQ News that the moderation of the Party platform is a direct result of gay contributions.

SCHMIDT: Log Cabin’s members did not abandon the party, but chose to stay and shape the Party to reflect our core conservative beliefs of individual liberty, personal responsibility and fundamental freedoms.

The proposed platform will be voted on in September.

-Karen Ocamb

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Written by OutQ News staff

August 8, 2011 at 6:45 AM

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