NJ GOP group protests party's stance on LGBT community

(7/16/16)

WOODBRIDGE - (AP) - New Jersey Republican leaders want the Republican National Committee to remove language from its national platform they say discriminates against the LGBT community.

The Record (http://bit.ly/2ah3Qj6) reports the Republican State Chairmen's Association made the call this week.

The group unanimously urged the RNC and its platform committee to adopt more "neutral" language that neither supports nor condemns gay marriage. They say the party must show it's inclusive if it hopes to win in New Jersey.

The vote was prompted by John Traier, chairman of the Passaic County Regular Republican Organization, who has married his same-sex partner.

The group's resolution notes the Republican Party has supported LGBT candidates and the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage.

GOP platform committee members this week approved language that opposed same-sex marriage and transgender rights.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.).

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