Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

The National Republican Congressional Committee (RNCC) is financially supporting two openly homosexual and pro-abortion Congressional candidates through its Young Guns program. The move has miffed the social wing of the party which believes that life and marriage are core values of the GOP. The 2012 GOP Platform clearly states:

"Faithful to the 'self-evident' truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed," says the platform. "We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children. We oppose using public revenues to promote or perform abortion or fund organizations which perform or advocate it and will not fund or subsidize health care which includes abortion coverage. We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent human life."

Regarding homosexual marriage, the platform states:

“We reaffirm our support for a Constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. We applaud the citizens of the majority of States which have enshrined in their constitutions the traditional concept of marriage, and we support the campaigns underway in several other States to do so." It goes on to say that redefining marriage ”“is an assault on the foundations of our society, challenging the institution which, for thousands of years in virtually every civilization, has been entrusted with the rearing of children and the transmission of cultural values.”

The move by the RNCC, viewed as undermining the platform and the majority who put it together, may end up costing the GOP more than any gain it might get from two House seats.