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Conservatives in Support of Marriage respond to RNC draft platform language

WASHINGTON -- The Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry issued the following statement in response to the language on marriage approved by the platform committee of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday:

As conservatives supporting the freedom to marry, we understand there are divergent opinions on marriage among conservatives and within the Republican Party. Even so, there are a number of things we all agree on.

We all share the belief that the "institution of marriage is the foundation of civil society" and that its "success as an institution will determine our success as a nation."

We also share the belief that the "success of marriage directly impacts the economic well-being of individuals," that it "affects freedoms," and that the "lack of family formation leads to more government costs" and "more government control over the lives of its citizens in all facets."

Given these shared beliefs about marriage, we are very disappointed the Republican platform includes specific language that opposes marriage for same-sex couples.

Despite that disappointment, we are undeterred and will continue to fight for all Americans to "be treated with respect and dignity." We will continue to engage our fellow conservatives in discussions about marriage and encourage them to extend that "respect and dignity" to everyone, including same-sex couples. And we will continue to encourage our fellow conservatives to support the repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.

As conservatives, we believe that the freedom to marry is directly in line with the core ideals and principles of the Republican Party -- less government, more individual freedom, personal responsibility and the importance of family.

Personal freedom is the foundation of the Republican Party, which, as the party of Lincoln, has a proud tradition of expanding liberties.

It is that legacy that we hope Republicans will continue to build upon long into the future.

Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry is a campaign to highlight and build support for the freedom to marry among young conservatives across America. They represent the rapidly growing numbers of young conservatives across the country that agree all Americans should be able to share in the freedom to marry.