Indiana GOP keeps marriage language in platform

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2014 photo protestors of a proposed amendment to the Indiana  constitution to ban gay marriage gather outside a hearing at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Indiana Republicans are batting over whether banning gay marriage should be a part of their party's platform. Members of the platform-writing committee voted this week to approve language that supports marriage being between one man and one woman, reigniting a fight that dominated the Indiana General Assembly earlier this year.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2014 photo protestors of a proposed amendment to the Indiana constitution to ban gay marriage gather outside a hearing at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Indiana Republicans are batting over whether banning gay marriage should be a part of their party's platform. Members of the platform-writing committee voted this week to approve language that supports marriage being between one man and one woman, reigniting a fight that dominated the Indiana General Assembly earlier this year. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Delegates to the Indiana Republican Party convention have overwhelmingly approved a party platform opposing gay marriage.

The state party platform now officially supports the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. Delegates meeting in Fort Wayne beat back two efforts to remove the platform language Saturday morning.

A minority of delegates, mostly from Marion County, fought unsuccessfully to remove the language.

The convention battle revived much of the fight that played out earlier this year in the General Assembly. State lawmakers voted against placing a constitutional ban on gay marriage on the November ballot.

Opponents of placing the marriage language in the platform said it would limit the party’s ability to attract new voters and supporters. Supporters said the language was a compromise.

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