As of Thursday, March 20, 2014
Dufur To the editor:
In response to the story concerning the GOP supporting gay marriage in The Chronicle on March 11, this is not true.
The Republican platform does not endorse gay marriage. The Dorchester is not a Republican-sponsored event where this straw ballot occurred.
At the same time Dorchester was taking place, the conservative side of issues met at a rally for religious liberty, life and fiscal responsibility in Clackamas. This was also not a sanctioned GOP event, but conservatives coming together on issues not represented at the Dorchester (which originated with liberal Bob Packwood).
The vote of 395 at Dorchester was countered by over 700 people meeting at the Oregon Family Council rally. I would not call half the number of people attending an event an endorsement when there are almost twice as many people meeting on the opposite view point.