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    Draft GOP platform calls for 'America first' trade policy, drops call for marriage

    Draft GOP platform calls for 'America first' trade policy, drops call for marriage amendment

    By Tal Kopan, CNN
    Updated 6:39 AM ET, Mon July 11, 2016

    Cleveland (CNN)A first draft of the document that will become the GOP platform at this year's Republican convention sticks to Donald Trump's tough talk on trade, but leaves the long-time party position opposing abortion rights relatively unchanged.

    And in a major shift, the platform would drop the pursuit of a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between a man and a woman, opting instead to oppose the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and calling on the matter to be decided by the states.

    The draft language shared with CNN also would slightly alter the party's position on Israel, reinstating a reference to an "undivided" Jerusalem and removing a reference to Palestine in support of a two-state solution.


    The language was shared with members of the Platform Committee by the Republican National Committee at an orientation on Sunday night as the events in Cleveland began. The document will form the basis of discussions for the panel, which will meet this week to adapt the language and vote on a final proposal, which will then go before the full convention next week.


    RELATED: Fallin won't guarantee platform changes on abortion


    The most substantial changes to the 2012 platform came on trade -- a key issue for Trump where he has sparred with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other reliable conservative business backers. The new language sounds remarkably like Trump, though it stays away from some of his more inflammatory positions including renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.


    Overall, the relevant section of the draft says international trade is beneficial to the American economy, but decries "massive deficits." It speaks of a "worldwide multilateral agreement" that promotes open market ideals.


    "We need better negotiated trade agreements that put America first," the draft reads, borrowing a line directly from Trump.


    It continues with language along the lines of Trump's campaign speeches regarding negotiations and deal-making.


    "Republicans understand that you can succeed in a negotiation only if you are willing to walk away from it," the draft reads. "A Republican president will insist on parity in trade and will stand willing to implement countervailing duties if other countries don't cooperate. At the same time we look to broaden our trade agreements with countries that share our values and commitments to fairness, along with transparency in our commercial and business practices."


    To be sure, the committee will have several days to hash out possible changes to the 58-page draft before sending a recommendation to the convention floor.


    One idea floated last week to committee delegate was to return to the style of the 1860, when the platform was a short document under 2,000 words that laid out the overriding principles of the party.


    Gay marriage


    The draft also diverges from the position held on gay marriage in every platform since 2004.

    Gone is seeking a constitutional amendment to declare marriage as between "one man and one woman," and instead there is a section on the importance of a "married mom and dad."


    "Our laws and our government's regulations should recognize marriage as the union of one man and one woman and actively promote married family life as the basis of a stable and prosperous society," the draft reads.


    But it leaves the issue up to state governments, saying it rejects the Supreme Court's decision last year holding that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional: "We urge (the decision's) reversal whether through judicial reconsideration or a constitutional amendment returning control over marriage to the states."


    The draft did add language on so-called "religious freedom" laws, which seek to protect businesses who deny services based on religious objections to gay marriage. The laws have become controversial at the state level across the country. The platform language supports the "First Amendment Defense Act" proposed in Congress.


    The platform also calls for the appointing of judges in the vein of late Justice Antonin Scalia, to fight against "judicial activism" in the form of the gay marriage decision, court rulings upholding Obamacare and abortion. Republicans in Congress have refused to hold hearings or vote on President Barack Obama's nominee to replace Scalia, saying the next president should have the chance to appoint a justice.


    Trump has called for marriage to be a state issue, and declared he is a candidate that will protect LGBT Americans.


    Abortion


    The draft does not diverge strongly, however, from the 2012 position on abortion, saying that unborn children are protected by the Constitution and decrying abortion.

    Though Trump has made statements throughout the course of the campaign saying he supports exceptions to abortion in cases such as life of the mother or rape or incest, the draft platform does not include language about such exceptions.


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    GOP Platform Contemplates Anti-Porn Provision, Embrace of ‘Conversion Therapy’



    JULY 11, 2016, 3:43 PM EDT

    As GOP delegates gather in Cleveland, social conservative priorities have dominated the discussion.


    The Republican Party’s platform may be making a turn for the right.

    As GOP delegates gather in Cleveland to formulate the party’s principles document, social conservative priorities have dominated the discussion, with several provisions opposition same-sex marriage and endorsing controversial conversion therapy passing preliminary votes Monday.

    The platform committee’s subcommittee on healthcare, education, and crime approved several of the measures in a sometimes-heated discussion between social conservatives and more moderate Republicans that represent a more conservative shift from the draft platform authored by Republican National Committee staff and outside advisors.


    Among the provisions is an assessment that internet pornography is a “public health crisis.”


    “Pornography, with his harmful effects, especially on children, has become a public health crisis that is destroying the life of millions. We encourage states to continue to fight this public menace and pledge our commitment to children’s safety and wellbeing,” the amendment states.

    An amendment offered by the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins offered support for the controversial practice of “conversion therapy” for children who identify as LGBT.


    “We support the right of parents to determine the proper treatment or therapy, for their minor children,” the amendment said. Perkins originally drafted a more explicit embrace of the practice, but amended the text after consultations with top RNC officials. Perkins’ amendment, which passed the subcommittee, also calls for legislation to require parental consent for minor women to cross state lines for the purposes of obtaining an abortion.


    The subcommittee strengthened the platform’s language in opposition to same-sex marriage. The initial draft circulated late Sunday to committee members stated: “Our laws and our government’s regulations should recognize marriage as the union of one man and one woman and actively promote married family life as the basis of a stable and prosperous society.

    For that reason, as explained elsewhere In this platform, we do not accept the Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage and we urge its reversal, whether through judicial reconsideration or a constitutional amendment returning control over marriage to the States.”


    Annie Dickerson, a New York delegate and longtime confidante to GOP billionaire Paul Singer, who has bankrolled an effort to push back against the social conservative planks, was the most ardent voice in opposition on the committee, repeatedly sparring with Perkins and other members.


    The subcommittee also considered several “bathroom” amendments following the ongoing controversy in North Carolina which requires transgender individuals to use bathrooms as their birth gender, rather than how they identify. “I think this takes us to a dark place,” Dickerson said.

    “It shrinks our tent. We should be about addition not subtraction,” she added. West Virginia National Committeewoman Melody Potter disagreed, speaking in favor of amendments to echo the North Carolina law, which has sparked a backlash in the state, “nobody wants to discriminate against anybody, but I think it’s an issue of safety.” The measure ultimately passed.


    An amendment that sought to argue that gay marriage “subverts child’s rights to biological parent” drew condemnation from the moderate members, including an audible gasp of, “Hello, what was that?”

    The committee also considered an amendment calling for allowing the teaching of the Bible as part of American History.


    The separate subcommittee on Restoring Constitutional Government approved its own language opposing same-sex marriage designed to dovetail with the language from the health committee, said author and GOP lawyer Jim Bopp said.


    An aide to Donald Trump, Michael Biundo, was in the room as the subcommittee met, but didn’t offer any guidance or input. Perkins told reporters that Trump’s campaign was allowing the committee to work autonomously, calling it a break from the practice of previous presumptive nominees who have been more invested in the platform discussions.


    The full platform committee is set to take up the reports from the subcommittees later Monday and Tuesday, with the final platform expected to be set Tuesday afternoon. The full committee is made up of two delegates from each of the 56 delegations—all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.

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    Someone needs to put Tony Perkins out of business. May I suggest AGAIN, the FairTax, so these phony 501 C 3's living off of tax exempt money, meaning we all pay more because their "donors" took a tax write-off, are out of our wallets and out of our politics.
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