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GOP keeps marriage plank in platform

Delegates at the Indiana Republican Party's state convention on Saturday rejected an amendment to the GOP platform that would have eliminated a provision stating that marriage should be between a man and a woman.

After a standing vote among about 1,650 delegates, convention Chairman Ed Simcox declared,"It is obvious to the chair that the amendment fails."

Had a clear majority not been evident, the convention would have taken a head count, Simcox had said earlier at Grand Wayne Center in downtown Fort Wayne.

A second, more generic amendment "to restore social harmony" in the party failed by a much wider margin, as did the entire platform.

The adopted platform states in part: "We believe that strong families, based on marriage between a man and a woman, are the foundation of society." The plank goes on to "recognize that some families are much more diverse."