PEORIA – Compromise language is being considered by non-elected members of the Illinois Republican Party's Platform and Resolutions Committee Friday morning which will soften the party's support for traditional one-man/one-woman marriage. It will also emphasize support for religious freedom.
The 2012 language says the following:
UPDATE x2: Getting reactions from observers:
"B is irrelevant. Religious liberty is its own freedom and includes myriad of issues beyond marriage, including healthcare/Obamacare, military, education, etc. This sounds like an appeasement to religious people," Illinois Family Action's executive director David Smith told Illinois Review.
Smith served on the 2012 IL GOP Platform Committee for the 11th CD.
"C. negates [Section] V. B, C, D. Also includes undefined terms such as non-traditional, same respect, purview. And this is not primarily a religious issue, rather it's a public good issue and rights of children issue. And government has a duty to protect children through sound laws (e.g. DCFS)," Smith continued. "D. is faulty, it's too broad in its reference to "marriage and family; E completely negates [Section] V. E."