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State GOP formally welcomes gays to the party
State GOP formally welcomes gays to the party

In a historic break with its past, the California Republican Party voted overwhelmingly Sunday to formally recognize a gay GOP group. The move, which drew the condemnation of some socially conservative GOP members, grants a charter to the Log Cabin Republicans' California chapter, making it an official volunteer arm of the state party. It is among the first gay groups in the nation to be officially sanctioned by a state Republican party. Brandon Gesicki, a delegate from Carmel who supported the effort, said the 861-293 vote at the state GOP convention here showed how much that organization had changed in recent years. "It would have been the complete opposite 15 years...

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