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Republicans move to the right of Trump in party platform - how much does platform matter?

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (L) speaks with Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, at a debate at the Fox Theatre on March 3, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

A GOP committee appears ready to approve a platform that's not only to the right of previous stances, but out of synch with some of Donald Trump's views.

As the Democratic Party's platform moved to the Left, so it appears the Republican platform will move to the Right. Over the past two days, GOP platform committee members met in Cleveland to debate positions on anti-Gay discrimination and whether US laws must align with religious principles.

We take a look at how different this is from the platform in 2012. Back then, there was no Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage and transgender rights were not part of the national conversation. But little appears to have changed in the platform in the past four years.

Furthermore, many have speculated that the current, socially conservative platform appears more aligned with a candidate Cruz than a candidate Trump.

How important is a party’s platform? How much distance is there from Trump on the platform's social stances? How does the platform relate to RNC Chair Reince Priebus' post-2012 autopsy that called for more inclusiveness within the party?


John Eastman, professor of law and founding director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence at Chapman University; He’s also Chairman of the Board of the National Organization for Marriage, a D.C.-based nonprofit working to defend marriage and faith communities 

Gregory T. Angelo, president of the Log Cabin Republicans

Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC and adjunct faculty at USC Annenberg School

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