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Indiana GOP proposes changes to 2018 platform

Party changes language in families section

For the second time ever, the Indiana Republican Convention will be held outside of Indianapolis.

For the first time, the River City will host the convention at the Ford Center, where GOP officials will vote on the party's 2018 platform, which has some changes from 2016. 

Vanderburgh County Republican Chair Wayne Parke describes the platform as a guideline for what the Republican party stands for. 

"As a party you need to stick to certain core values," Parke says. "But at the same time one needs to look around and see are we in the right positions and situations maybe change but there are certain core things that I think the Republican party has been founded on and should not change."

But there is a change in wording in the proposed platform this year. Looking back at the party's official 2016 platform, the families sections said a strong family is based on "marriage between a man and a woman."

This year it says "traditional families with a mother and father."

Both versions have a line including "all loving adults who successfully raise and nurture children to reach their full potential every day" as strong families. 

"Loving adults means loving adults they don't mean necessarily a gay lesbian relationship loving adults," Parke says. "It's a loving adult that likes kids and wants to help them out that's the way I interpret it."

The change in wording, something the president of Tri-State Alliance Wally Paynter feels is a step in the right direction. 

"I think we know it's not just mom and dad," Paynter says. "It's same-sex couples, it's grandparents, it's foster families, you know and the government should be in the business of making it easier for families to live than getting into their way."

Parke says he doesn't have a problem with same-sex relationships, but believes marriage should be between a man and a woman. 

But all of this change in the wording will be voted on at the state convention right here in the Tri-State. 

Parke doesn't know why the wording was changed, but says it will be a topic of discussion at the convention next weekend. 

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(This story was originally published on June 1, 2018)

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