GOP Strategist Margaret Hoover Headlines Marriage Equality Tour Through Iowa

GOP Strategist Margaret Hoover Headlines Marriage Equality Tour Through Iowa

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Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry is embarking on a three-city tour of Iowa Wednesday making the case that removing anti-gay language from the national Republican Party platform is both good politics and the right thing to do. Republican strategist Margaret Hoover, whose great-grandfather President Herbert Hoover was an Iowa native and who serves on the board of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Foundation in West Branch, is leading a series of meetings with elected officials, conservative activists and voters.

“In the five years since Iowa approved marriage for gay couples, countless families across the state have been strengthened, as has the principle of individual liberty that we conservatives hold dear,” said Margaret Hoover. “The Republican Party stands for freedom and the centrality of family, and that’s why I believe so strongly in marriage for same-sex couples.  It’s time our official party platform reflect the diversity of views on marriage held by rank-and-file Republicans. A greater openness on the freedom to marry will maximize Republicans’ chances to appeal to younger voters and win.”

National polls show a majority of Republican voters under 45 and young evangelicals back marriage for gay couples. According to a March 2014 poll by the Des Moines Register, 64 percent of Iowans are either proud or indifferent that Iowa legalized marriage in 2009.

Hoover, along with campaign manager Tyler Deaton and four other Young Conservatives, will be visiting Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and Davenport onWednesday, August 6. GOP leaders have already expressed opposition to anti-gay, anti-marriage language in their platforms in Indiana, Nevada, Oregon, New Mexico, and California. Earlier this year, Republicans in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District removed a section of their district platform that stated marriage is only between one man and one woman. The plank was replaced with a statement that government should have no role in marriage.

Margaret Hoover“Young Conservatives are in Iowa to connect with party leaders who are committed to building a Republican Party that can appeal to younger voters in upcoming elections,” said Tyler Deaton, campaign manager of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry and National Committeeman for the New Hampshire Young Republicans. “Marriage for same-sex couples is consistent with core Republican values of limited government, individual liberty, and personal responsibility.”

“Reform the Platform” is a $1 million initiative to remove anti-gay language from the GOP platform before the 2016 Republican National Convention. Young Conservatives are touring early presidential primary states – last month in New Hampshire and later this month in Nevada – to meet with the press, like-minded GOP advocates, and elected officials to discuss the campaign and encourage young Republicans who support reforming the platform to run for delegate and attend the Convention.

Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry is a project of the national organization Freedom to Marry.

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