A major outcome of the Nevada Republican Party convention, which was held this Saturday in Las Vegas, was the decision to reform the party’s emphasis on gay marriage and abortion.
According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, members of the convention decided to remove opposition to gay marriage and abortion from the party’s platform.
Although the decision was preceded by several debates and arguments, the party ultimately decided that they do not need to focus on social issues during this election year. Dave Hockaday, a member of the platform committee, explained that the GOP celebrates personal freedom, so they shouldn’t be involved in individuals’ personal decisions.
“The issue was how can we back out of people’s personal lives. We need to focus on issues where we can have an impact,” said Hockaday.
The convention also led to the endorsement of Gov. Brian Sandoval for re-election. Gov. Sandoval faces four GOP candidates in the primary, but is largely projected to win re-election in November.
Like the issues of abortion and gay marriage, the endorsement of Gov. Sandoval was somewhat controversial. Gov. Sandoval was not present at the convention.
All of the convention’s debates and arguments represent the growing shift between traditional Republicans and the more libertarian-leaning Tea Party members, a schism taking place at both the state and federal level.
According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, Nevada’s GOP needs to prove its unity in order to win what’s at stake this November, which includes two seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, control of the Nevada state Senate, and the lieutenant governor’s office.