LOS ANGELES - The Republican National Committee affirmed its support for marriage as "the union of one man and one woman" Friday at its annual spring meeting in Los Angeles California.
Illinois' RNC Committeewoman Demetra DeMonte, who also serves on the RNC Executive Board as Secretary, reports the resolution upholding the traditional definition of marraige passed unanimously. DeMonte voted the proxy votes for absent Illinois RNC Committeeman Rich Williamson and the IL GOP Chairman Pat Brady, who has been under criticism for lobbying state lawmakers for gay marriage. Two Republican House members - State Rep Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove) and State Rep Ed Sullivan (R-Mundelein) said recently they will support SB 10, redefining marriage to include same sex couples.
DeMonte told Illinois Review she signed on as a co-sponsor of the Marriage resolution, marking her first public statement on the gay marriage debate in the IL GOP.
The 2013 RNC resolution on marriage and children read as follows:
WHEREAS, the institution of marriage is the solid foundation upon which our society is built and in which children thrive; it is based on the relationship that only a man and a woman can form; and
WHEREAS, support for marriage has been repeatedly affirmed nationally in the 2012 Republican National Platform, through the enactment of the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, (signed into law by President Bill Clinton), and passed by the voters of 41 States including California via Proposition 8 in 2008; and
WHEREAS, no Act of human government can change the reality that marriage is a natural and most desirable union; especially when procreation is a goal; and
WHEREAS, the future of our country is children; it has been proven repeteadly that the most secure and nurturing environment in which to raise healthy well adjusted children is in a home where both mother and father are bound together in a loving marriage; and
WHEREAS, The U.S. Supreme Court is considering the constitutionality of laws adopted to protect marriage from the unfounded accusation that support for marriage is based only on irrational prejudice against homosexuals; therefore be it
RESOLVED, the Republican National Committee affirms its support for marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and as the optimum environment in which to raise healthy children for the future of America; and be it further
RESOLVED, the Republican National Committee implores the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the sanctity of marriage in its rulings on California's Proposition 8 and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act.