The Republican Party platform, complete with anti-gay stances on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and marriage, was adopted today at its national convention in Minneapolis.
In a section about military personnel, the platform reads:
"Esprit and cohesion are necessary for military effectiveness and success on the battlefield. To protect our servicemen and women and ensure that America’s Armed Forces remain the best in the world, we affirm the timelessness of those values, the benefits of traditional military culture, and the incompatibility of homosexuality with military service."
On gay marriage, the platform is more wordy:
"Because our children’s future is best preserved within the traditional understanding of marriage, we call for a constitutional amendment that fully protects marriage as a union of a man and a woman, so that judges cannot make other arrangements equivalent to it. In the absence of a national amendment, we support the right of the people of the various states to affirm traditional marriage through state initiatives.
"Republicans have been at the forefront of protecting traditional marriage laws, both in the states and in Congress. A Republican Congress enacted the Defense of Marriage Act, affirming the right of states not to recognize same-sex “marriages” licensed in other states. Unbelievably, the Democratic Party has now pledged to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which would subject every state to the redefinition of marriage by a judge without ever allowing the people to vote on the matter. We also urge Congress to use its Article III, Section 2 power to prevent activist federal judges from imposing upon the rest of the nation the judicial activism in Massachusetts and California. We also encourage states to review their marriage and divorce laws in order to strengthen marriage.
The platform can be accessed directly at: http://www.gop.com/pdf/PlatformFINAL_WithCover.pdf
Leaders of the national conservative gay and lesbian political action committee, Log Cabin Republicans, stated earlier in the week that they wouldn't be fighting the planks in the platform.
"This isn't a hill we're going to die on," said Scott Tucker, a spokesman for the group, told the Associated Press.
The group has issued no release about the platform.