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Preliminary Republican platform grants ‘dignity and respect’ to gay Americans but defines marriage as union of ‘one man and one woman’

A subcommittee helping to draft the Republican Party platform approved preliminary language Monday that would affirm “dignity and respect” for gay Americans but a definition of marriage as the union of “one man and one woman” is likely to be included, according to the leader of a conservative gay rights group advising the GOP.

“We embrace the principle that all Americans have the right to be treated with dignity and respect,” the party’s education subcommittee wrote, according to Log Cabin Republicans executive director R. Clarke Cooper.

The GOP’s platform committee is meeting in Tampa Monday and Tuesday, ahead of the Republican National Convention there next week.

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Cooper said the meetings included “a healthy debate on marriage and DOMA”—the Defense of Marriage Act, which bars the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, though they are legal in some states, including Massachusetts. He noted final language will not be approved until Tuesday.

Cooper told the Globe last month that his group’s goal was to convince Republicans to strike any anti-gay language from the party’s platform, including a definition of marriage as a heterosexual union.

But he said Monday that the Constitution subcommittee had “passed language on marriage being ‘one man and one woman,’” and called for a constitutional amendment to that end.

Cooper added that nothing was certain yet. “At this point, no social issues have come up in general session,” he said.

Earlier this month, the Democratic platform committee endorsed same-sex marriage and approved language calling for repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act.

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