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UPDATE x1: IL GOP Platform Committee prepares to abandon one-man/one-woman marriage




CHICAGO –  Eleven of the 18 members of the Illinois Republican Party platform committee reportedly are agreed that the one-man, one-woman marriage plank should be removed from the 2016 platform. 

Illinois Review just received a copy of the proposed wording for the family section of the platform. See below:

Wednesday night, the committee is expected via conference call to confirm the platform they will be recommending to party delegates this weekend IL GOP State Convention in Peoria. The new platform is expected to have the following section removed:


Committee members that support removing the section say the IL GOP's position preferring one-man/one-woman marriage over same sex marriage is viewed negatively by younger voters that are more libertarian on the issue.

Others argue that since the Supreme Court ruled on same sex marriage, states are not allowed to hold positions differing from the decision, thus the position is irrelevant. Still others insist the Republican Party boasts a "big tent" that should welcome anyone with any position on the sanctity of marriage. 

Former IL GOP state chairman Pat Brady is on this year's IL GOP platform committee representing the 6th CD. Brady lobbied Republican lawmakers on behalf of the ACLU to legalize same sex marriage in Illinois. 

In 2013, the Bloomington Pantagraph reported Brady told the local Rotary Club that he thought the Republican Party needed to change and “be open and inclusive” rather than “focus on the issues that divide and not unite.” Brady added, “If we don’t (change), we’ll lose.”

Those supporting the plank removal besides Pat Brady (6th CD) reportedly include platform members from the Chicago area and surrounding congressional districts, and the most vocal advocates include U.S. Senator Mark Kirk staffer Cindy Burke (5th CD) and Schaumburg Township GOP Committeeman Ryan Higgins (8th CD). 

Pointing to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to confirm same sex marriage no more takes the issue off the discussion table than did the 1973 Roe vs Wade decision take abortion out of debate, one member said.

No IL GOP Platform Committee member would go on record with Illinois Review, but encouraged concerned Republicans to voice their opinions on the IL GOP website before Wednesday night's conference call.

Platform Committee suggestion page HERE.

On the other hand, a committee member said, it looks like the IL GOP's pro-life plank will remain intact, although there is confusion over whether the platform's call for the overturn of Roe vs Wade would be in the platform's final version.

Contact information on Platform Committee HERE: Download Platform Committee

UPDATE x1: The proposed wording for the 2016 platform


A.  We recognize that a strong family, based on the institution of marriage, sanctified by God and strengthened by the legal protections afforded to that institution by government, is the basic building block of society.  Accordingly, we support public policies that promote the formation, endurance, and autonomy of the nuclear family and that empower parents to provide a safe and nurturing home environment for their children. 

B.   We recognize that religious freedom is the “first” freedom, as enshrined in the First Amendment.  While we oppose discrimination in any form, we also oppose public policies that seek to compel or coerce individuals, businesses, religious institutions, or other organizations to violate their core religious beliefs, including, without limitation, by participating in ceremonies that run contrary to their core religious beliefs.

C.  We believe that parents—not bureaucrats—are best-positioned to make decisions regarding the health and welfare of their minor children, and we support public policies that preserve and strengthen parental rights.

D.  We believe that the disintegration of the nuclear family is a leading cause of generational poverty and that a connection exists in this and other respects between “social” and “fiscal” public policy issues.

E.   We recognize that the states reserved to themselves—implicitly throughout the U.S. Constitution and explicitly in the Tenth Amendment—the power to legislate on matters related to marriage and family, and we oppose efforts by the federal government to encroach on that reserved power.


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  1. I suspected something like this was coming.
    That’s why as a GOP Precinct Committeeman, I will not be attending the convention. I will not be alone: the Kane
    County GOP is attempting to fill many of it’s empty convention seats. I have received e-mails “requesting” my attendance.
    Acceptance of lax morality by our Party makes us little different than the Democrats, so why be a part of it?
    If the Illinois GOP wanted to force the creation of a Third Party, they are well on the way to doing it.

  2. Observer, if you don’t attend the convention and tell your complaints about the platform, that might help the liberals make the changes that they want to make.
    We won’t get a new party. Because of the Constitution Party and Libertarian Party, we have enough parties.

  3. If Pat Brady is so intent on getting the GOP to “focus on the issues that divide and not unite,” maybe we need to drop our platform planks on immigration, limited government and Gov. Rauner’s pension reform package.
    Better yet, if Brady thinks we should get away from issues that divide, maybe he should just give up the charade and just join the Democrats and his ACLU friends.
    It takes a real leaders to stand up and fight the Leftists in Illinois. Only cowards give in, and capitulate.
    Apparently, far too many Platform Committee members are cowards.

  4. You have to stand for CHRIST! If you do not stand for him yo are standing with satan period. You cannot appease people, you must stand for something. Even if some choose not to be s rwpublican because of our stance, so be it.

  5. Simply unbelievable that some of you people act like you never saw this coming.
    This is a surprise to you?
    If you’re actually surprised, if it’s not just a ‘plausible deniability’ act on your part (Mark Rhoads), you have truly had your heads buried DEEP in the sand.
    Wake up!!!

  6. Sounds like some of these committee members have gotten so “open minded” their brains have fallen out. I oppose this proposed change wholeheartedly. This change will not draw anyone in to the party. It will only push many more out.

  7. I’m glad to see this happening. The government should not be in peoples’ bedrooms and the GOP is supposed to be the party of smaller government. Good grief, the standardbearer for our party this year was having an affair with his second wife while married to his first wife…and then divorced his second wife to marry his third wife. Do you think we still have any standing whatsoever to dictate family issues to the population?

  8. Perhaps a happy medium would be to amend the language so that it says “marriage is between one man and one woman at a time, notwithstanding infidelity”. That would allow us to continue haranguing gays and lesbians while promoting Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, and Bruce Rauner while shielding us from charges of hypocrisy.

  9. Next up for the Illinois GOP:
    Free abortions for everyone! woo-hoo!!!
    “Bartender, I’d like to buy every woman in here tonite an abortion – put it on my tab!”
    Like carbon credits (which, by the way, happens to be the NEXT item on the Illinois GOP agenda)

  10. Phil, Attendance at the Convention is not free for the delegates. I see no need to spend my limited financial resources attending it to protest what is apparently “a done deal.”
    I have other battles in local races, for which I need the money.

  11. You could help make a difference. Please see if you can still serve. As a delegate, you can help choose those who will serve as Delegates At Large. As you can see, this matters…
    It’s an investment of time and money, but America is worth it!

  12. Will there be a minority platform and perhaps a floor debate?
    making the party tent “bigger” by becoming Democrat-lite simply kicks the party base out. Many will stay home. Then what do we have?

  13. First and foremost the words “sanctified by God”. God would never sanctify a man to man or woman to woman marriage. God never sanctifies the CHOICE of people to sin. The choice of homosexuality is plain and simple SIN. So the only thing that makes it right is compromise of values to fit a minority population and go against the Word of God. The rest of the verbiage is rhetoric until the value of the propagation of the human race facilitated by the declaration of love by a man and a woman for each other in marriage.

  14. There might be a debate. Someone will make a motion that the platform be approved. The chairman will say, “All in favor” and “All opposed.” If enough people, who oppose the platform, yell,”Nay,” the platform can be changed.

  15. Oohhh… you’re talking about redefined fake marriage. Real marriage is between one man and one woman only.
    Same-sex couples don’t make babies, opposite sex couples do, they are responsible for the continuation of the species. Children need a mother & a father. Same-sex couples are responsible for the continuation of sexual perversion.

  16. Although He will always remain in control, if this country continues to change God-given definitions of marriage and continues to condone the killing of innocent life, His judgment will be forthcoming… this country (founded on Christian-Judeo principles) was blessed like no other but we are in the process of spitting in God’s face as we redefine marriage, kill babies and accept/endorse/celebrate all types of sinful behavior. If the IL GOP does this, we are no longer a two-party system… can’t tell the difference between Dem and Rep at this point.

  17. Sad day for America when we let a very small troubled minority drag us into the destruction of Marriage. Brady has been on this issue for years, he needs to step up and move to the Democratic Party, as does Mark Kirk, who needs to step down and let a Republican run for the Senate