Proposal would add planks about abortion, gay marriage to state GOP platform

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A cadre of conservatives is pushing to reshape the state Republican Party’s platform on gay marriage and abortion, setting up a potential clash on volatile social issues with the GOP’s leading candidate for governor and its strongest prospect for a congressional seat.

A proposal written by several key conservatives would go beyond the current party platform, which affirms “the inherent dignity and sanctity of human life.” It would add, “We believe that every instance of abortion is tragic.”

The draft would also add a line referring to same-sex marriage, a topic not mentioned in the current platform: “We believe the institution of traditional marriage strengthens our society.”

GOP activists called the changes an attempt to find a middle ground between moderate and conservative factions of the party.

But the party’s leading candidate for governor, Charlie Baker, and Richard Tisei, its best shot at breaking the Democratic stranglehold on the state’s congressional delegation, quickly distanced themselves from the platform proposal, and several activists not involved in writing the document expressed unease with it.

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