In a move designed to head off anti-gay rhetoric during the 2016 Republican presidential campaign, three prominent GOP leaders signed a resolution Tuesday and will send it off to the 18 prospective Republican candidates for president.
After speaking on a panel entitled “Marriage Equality and the Republican Party” in Graham Chapel at Washington University, political columnist and television host Meghan McCain, Log Cabin Republican Executive Director, Gregory T. Angelo and the first openly gay candidate to run for President, Fred Karger, all signed the Resolution, which has been dubbed the “St. Louis Resolution.”
The St. Louis Resolution lists several reasons why candidates should avoid attacking the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community which has been done in past elections. The Resolution ends with, be it “Resolved, that all Republican candidates for President of the United States in 2016 shall refrain from any anti-gay rhetoric.”
The St. Louis Resolution will be sent via email to the following 18 potential Republican candidates for president: Ambassador John Bolton; Governor Jeb Bush; Dr. Ben Carson; Governor Chris Christie; Senator Ted Cruz; Ms. Carly Fiorina; Senator Lindsey Graham; Governor Bobby Jindal; Governor John Kasich; Governor George Pataki; Governor Sarah Palin; Senator Rand Paul; Governor Mike Pence; Governor Rick Perry; Senator Marco Rubio; Senator Rick Santorum; Mr. Donald Trump; and Governor Scott Walker. A copy will also be sent to Reince Preibus, Chairman of Republican National Committee.
“It’s time for the party of Lincoln to treat all Americans with respect and dignity,” said McCain. “If the Republican Party is ever going to attract younger voters, our candidates for president need to stop their nasty attacks and move on to issues that will unite us as a party and a country.”
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