SEASIDE, Ore. (AP) – Young Republican activists are imploring their party to support gay marriage, saying the Oregon GOP is destined to continue losing elections if it doesn’t get behind an issue that’s gaining traction around the country.
Republican activists and elected officials gathered Saturday at their annual three-day Dorchester Conference in Seaside.
Some activists say Republican opposition to gay marriage is driving young voters to the Democrats. They made a conservative case for supporting gay marriage, saying the government shouldn’t be telling people whom they can marry.
But others said Republicans and the GOP should not abandon their principles in search of votes. Some conservatives held a competing rally in Clackamas County.
Activists at Dorchester voted to support a gay-marriage initiative that’s seeking a slot on the November ballot.