2004-08-17

LCR Joins in Call for Inclusiveness

News release:

Coalition of Mainstream Republican Groups Calls for Party Unity Plank in GOP Platform

Groups Will Fight to Insure Platform Reflects Diversity of Opinion in GOP

'(Washington, DC)—A coalition of mainstream Republican groups consisting of the Log Cabin Republicans, Republicans for Choice, and the Republican Youth Majority call on the Republican Party to adopt a "Party Unity" plank in the GOP platform. "We understand that Republicans of good faith can differ over divisive social issues, however our platform should respect the diversity of this party," said Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director, Patrick Guerriero. "The platform of the Republican Party should represent all Republicans, not just those on the far right. Today we give the GOP a chance to show unity in 2004," said Ann Stone, National Chair of Republicans for Choice.

The Party Unity Plank introduced today reads:

"We recognize and respect that Republicans of good faith may not agree with all the planks in the party's platform. This is particularly the case with regard to those planks dealing with abortion, family planning, and gay and lesbian issues. The Republican Party welcomes all people on all sides of these complex issues and encourages their active participation as we work together on those issues upon which we agree."

"This coalition of mainstream Republican organizations stands here today representing the future of the GOP," said Eli Allagoa, Managing Director of Republican Youth Majority. "This coalition is represented in the primetime speakers our party has chosen for the New York convention and this coalition should be represented in our party's platform," continued Allagoa.

"It is not enough to have inclusive voices like Mayor Giuliani, Governor Schwarzenegger and Senator McCain speaking in primetime, if the platform only represents the voices of exclusion like Gary Bauer, Jerry Falwell and Rick Santorum," said Guerriero.

The RNC's announced lineup of primetime speakers for the convention includes former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Arizona Senator John McCain, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and New York Governor George Pataki. Additionally, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will open the convention. All of these speakers have long histories of supporting policies that respect the GOP's diversity.

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Republican Youth Majority is a nationwide network of students and young professionals who believe in developing an inclusive generation of pro-choice, pro-environment, and fiscally conservative Republican leaders. By training a diverse group of students and young professionals to spread our message of tolerance and inclusion, we will ensure a long-term Republican majority. '

See:
Republican Groups Call for Inclusion
Log Cabin Republicans