GOP Platform to Again Endorse Traditional Marriage

By Pete Winn | August 21, 2012 | 11:39 AM EDT

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins. (AP photo)

( – Social conservatives have managed to stop efforts to weaken conservative language on marriage during deliberations of the Republican Party Platform Committee in Tampa, Fla.

On Tuesday, conservatives beat back an amendment offered by a Rhode Island delegate recognizing civil unions, and instead reaffirmed the strong language in support of traditional marriage that was approved by a subcommittee on Monday evening to be part of the party’s official statement of principles.

“We’re very, very happy with the language on marriage,” Connie Mackey, president of FRC ActionPAC, told “It was a matter of tweaking the language, as opposed to having to battle for ‘one-man, one woman’ language. It was there to start and just needed tweaking.”

In the section on “Healthy Families, Great Schools and Safe Neighborhoods,” members of the GOP subcommittee on Monday firmly endorsed traditional marriage as the principle, and endorses the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

The plank, which opposes the “court-ordered redefinition of marriage,” includes language on traditional marriage written by Louisiana delegate Tony Perkins, who is also the president of the Family Research Council, that reads:

-- “The institution of marriage is the foundation of civil society. Its success as an institution will determine our success as a nation. It has been proven by both experience and endless social science studies that traditional marriage is best for children.

-- “Children raised in intact married families are more likely to attend college, are physically and emotionally healthier, are less likely to use drugs and alcohol, are less likely to engage in crime and are less likely to get pregnant outside of marriage.

-- “The success of marriage directly impacts the economic well-being of individuals. Furthermore the future of marriage affects freedom. The lack of family formation not only leads to more government cost, but also more government control over the lives of its citizens in all facets."

The plank firmly endorses traditional marriage as the national standard.

“We recognize and honor the courageous effort of those who bear the many burdens of parenting alone, even as we believe that marriage, the union of one man and one woman, must be upheld as the national standard – a goal to stand for, encourage and promote through laws governing marriage,” the language states.

In an effort to reach out to supporters of same-sex "marriage," the platform language adds: “We embrace the principle that all Americans should be treated with respect and dignity.”

The panel is chaired by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.