GOP rejects call to back off gay marriage opposition

Visitors show their support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump prior to his speech at Westin Town Center in Virginia Beach, Va., Monday, July 11, 2016. (Kristen Zeis/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)CLEVELAND (AP) — Republican officials have rejected an emotional plea to back off the GOP’s opposition to same-sex marriage, renewing the party’s embrace of religious conservative values as delegates prepared to welcome Donald Trump to their national convention.

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