With their party shriveling on the vine in the Beaver State, the Oregon GOP voted to delete anti-marriage-quality and anti-civil-union language from its 2012 platform, in addition to removing wording that described gay couples as unfit parents.
State party spokesman Greg Leo told Oregon Live, “We want the public to take another look at the Republican Party and our policies. It’s fair to say we’re more centrist.”
Well it’d be almost impossible to move any further in the other direction, wouldn’t it, Greg?
Even with Oregonians leaning more and more Democratic—the party has owned the Governor’s office for 24 years—the changes to the platform barely squeaked by. Xander Almeida, who introduced the motion, said it was “first shot down 2-1 by a caucus of members focusing on the ‘family’ section of the platform.” But party chairman Allen Alley told him to bring the measure to a full floor vote, where it passed with a bare majority of the 230 delegates who attended.
Hey, we’ll take what we can get.