Members of the Republican National Committee rejected two anti-gay resolutions Wednesday, according to Time magazine.
The first resolution was intruded by the controversial Michigan national committeeman Dave Agema, who came under fire last year for making racist and anti-gay remarks on Facebook and was asked by fellow GOPers to step down from his position. Agema's resolution wants "schools that are teaching the homosexual lifestyle in their sexual education class to also include the harmful physical aspects of the lifestyle."
The second resolution was introduced by Louisiana national committeeman Ross Little Jr. and aims to encourage Congress and states to pass laws to nullify the landmark Supreme Court's June ruling that made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.
Time magazine writes the measures "threatened to cast a shadow on the first GOP presidential debate Thursday in Cleveland, as the party looks toward expanding its base in the key swing state."
The measures gained the attention of members from the Democratic National Committee and same-sex marriage activists. The Human Rights Campaign launched an online ad campaign Wednesday to support the plaintiff in SCOTUS' marriage case, Jim Obergfell, who resides in Ohio.
Time notes the RNC's resolution committee failed to approve a counterproposal that would call for the GOP to respect differing views on the high court's ruling on the case among its presidential candidates.
The magazine also reports that a person familiar with the resolutions committee hearing said only four resolutions were sent to the full RNC for a final vote, which will occur Friday. The resolutions include one regarding Planned Parenthood and another condemning President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran.
Time writes: "While it is possible that the resolutions could be offered once again at the general session on Friday, such a move is seen as unlikely, and would almost certainly fail."