Massachusetts GOP won't adopt anti-gay national platform before election

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U.S. Sen. Scott Brown. - PHOTO: File

The Republican National Party platform adopted in late August at the convention in Tampa appears to be too extreme for the Massachusetts GOP to adopt before the election.

Massachusetts Republican Party leaders delayed a decision on adopting the national platform, parts of which are opposed by some of its candidates in key state races.

A party spokesman says the Republican State Committee decided on a voice vote Sept. 13 to table consideration of the platform until late November, after the election.

The platform adopted at the Republican National Convention contains strong language opposing abortion and gay marriage. The state’s delegation at the convention, which nominated former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president, didn’t oppose it.

Republican Richard Tisei, who’s challenging Democratic Rep. John Tierney in the 6th Congressional District, had asked the state committee to reject the platform. Tisei is gay.

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, challenged for re-election by Democrat Elizabeth Warren, had asked the national GOP to be more accepting of differing views on abortion.