Social Issue Conflict Coming at State GOP Convention Friday

The following is reprinted from the Illinois Family Institute email.

Congressman Peter Roskam’s State Central Committeeman Brian Colgan and the man he appointed to the Platform Committee to represent the Algonquin Township part of Roskam’s 6th congressional district plan to vote to take out the “marriage” plank of the platform.

Congressman Randy Hultgren’s 14th District representative on the Platform Committee, Burt Minor, has not taken a stand, according to IFI.

Emails for all of the members of the Platform Committee are below the email.

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Illinois GOP to Remove “Marriage” Plank in Platform

Written by David E. Smith

Illinois Family Institute Dave Smith stirred up attendees at the Patriots United Pro-Life Unity Breakfast in early April.

Illinois Family Institute Dave Smith stirred up attendees at a Patriots United Pro-Life Unity Breakfast in Crystal Lake.

Some Illinois Republicans want to stay away from “controversial” issues.

They think that removing the traditional marriage plank will somehow help liberal Republicans who are “hurt” by the platform in their swing districts.

First, if they think that they are going to avoid controversy by removing this important plank, they are woefully wrong.

Secondly, the Illinois GOP has its fair share of RINOs elected to office, who are the source of the problem at hand; but clearly demonstrating that liberal Republicans can win with the current state platform.

There is no upside for the Illinois Republican Party to water down the social issues in the platform.

On the contrary, it will only result in a massive fight at the convention and disunity among Republicans.

Social conservatives do the lions share of grass roots work in Illinois and watering down the platform will make them less inclined to work hard for candidates running for office.

It may even cause some conservatives to abandon some Republican Party candidates in protest.

And it will definitely compel more voters to stay home during elections — hurting Republicans at every level on the ballot.

The best option is to leave the platform as it is written and as it was approved just four short years ago. is reporting that the Platform Committee plans to remove these two important sections:


The final meeting of the Platform Committee of the Illinois Republican State Convention will be held at 10 AM on Friday, May 20 in Room 135.

If you are a Delegate, Alternate Delegate, or attending as a guest — please attend this meeting and ask to speak during the public comment period.

Voice your opinion about changing the Illinois Republican Platform.

In the wake of the federal takeover of bathrooms and locker rooms, we can ill afford to capitulate Judeo-Christian principles, especially when we know that the institution of marriage was created by God for mankind’s welfare.

No other institution promotes the common good in our society as does marriage— defined as one man, one women raising healthy, productive members of society.  On the contrary, the breakdown of marriage and family leads to a wealth of societal ills, the growth of big government and the nanny state.

The latest report we’ve received has the vote at 9-7 with 5 committee members’ positions unknown. Please contact the members of the Platform Committee below and urge them to stand firm for marriage:

In addition to asking the committee members to stand firm for marriage, Laurie Higgins has some great suggestions for the Illinois GOP Platform Committee:

  • Include a plank defending an expansive view of religious liberty, a plank that echoes the language, meaning, and intent of the First Amendment.
  • Add a plank that espouses the view that objective, immutable sex supersedes subjective feelings about sex in all sex-segregated areas in which private, personal activities take place, including but not limited to restrooms, dressing rooms, locker rooms, showers, shelters, and hospital rooms.
  • Oppose any changes that weaken the Republican platform on its unequivocal opposition to abortion, including opposition to abortion in the case of rape, incest, or the “health” of the mother. The product of conception between two humans is a human with a right to continued existence.
  • Oppose any platform changes that would espouse the view that “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” should be protected categories in anti-discrimination laws or policies.
  • Oppose any platform changes that would espouse support for the view that sex-segregated facilities in which personal and private actions take place should be open to persons of the opposite sex.
  • Oppose any platform changes that would espouse the view that the term “sex” is inclusive of “gender identity” or “gender expression.”


Social Issue Conflict Coming at State GOP Convention Friday — 6 Comments

  1. What if the ‘framers’ of our Constitution had taken this position:

    “Some Illinois Republicans want to stay away from ‘controversial’ issues.”

    Does Mark Kirk have that much power?

    Peter Roskam will answer for his postion during the next primary.

  2. What the heck is wrong with everyone?

    Has everyone lost all common sense and given up on morality and science!

    2+2 still = 4 not 5.

    It is so simple and basic but yet most politicians are running over each other to conform to the PC nonsense, it makes me sick!

    Let the social issues go and so goes a civil and decent society.

  3. It takes real effort to be moral. Depravity comes easily.

    Just look at who voted for another tax on the poor by passing internet sports gambling in the State Senate.

    When a child is left alone in a room with a jar of cookies after being told to not touch them, he / she must resist ‘temptation’ to adhere to the instruction. Just look at your local Senators who could not resist the temptation of collecting fees and taxes on internet sports gambling. Both Althoff and McConnaughay, who profess to support “people in need”, just slapped those people once again.

  4. Could it be they want that plank pulled because there’s no going back? I mean, you might have put in a plank saying you wish it didn’t rain on weekends. Not going to happen.

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