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Alabama Republicans Threaten to Remove GOP Gay Marriage Supporter

Women were granted the right to vote in the U.S. in 1920, but the Alabama Republican Party isn't too happy when one of their females speaks out in support of gay marriage in 2013.

Don Wallace and Bonnie Sachs, of the Alabama Republican Party, have proposed an amendment that would remove any member from an Alabama GOP steering committee who publicly supports a position contrary to the most recent GOP platform.

The proposed amendment was reportedly written because Stephanie Petelos, Chairwoman of the Alabama College Republicans, opposed the Defense of Marriage Act when it was ruled on by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year.

According to, Petelos posted on her Facebook page: “We just [love] freedom and fun. That’s all. Don’t hate.” 

Petelos also encouraged people to “like” a pro-gay marriage Facebook group called “Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry."

An agreement was reached between Alabama Republican Party leaders and Petelos, who agreed to remain silent about her support of gay marriage in order to keep her chairmanship.

However, others in the Alabama Republican Party wanted Petelos to agree never to speak publicly against any part of the GOP platform. Apparently, that proposal was too much for Petelos.

 “When the College Republican Chairwoman made official statements in conflict with the party platform’s support for traditional marriage, as well as the Governor and Chairman Armistead, I believe that requires action by the Republican Party on both procedural and moral grounds," said Don Wallace, President of the Alabama Republican Assembly.

The proposed gag amendment will be voted on by the Alabama Republican Party executive committee on August 24.



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