LAS VEGAS (AP) — Some Republicans are pushing for their party to drop its opposition to same-sex marriage as public opinion on the issue shifts rapidly and the party tries to woo younger voters more supportive of gay unions.

The Nevada Republican Party dropped statements on marriage from its party platform earlier this month, and a gay-rights group last week launched a $1 million campaign to get the national party to remove from its platform a definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.

The moves come as 17 states now allow gay marriage and 59 percent of Americans support it, according to a recent Washington Post-ABC News Poll.

But social conservatives warn that Republicans could lose loyal voters by softening their stance. A majority of Republicans still oppose gay marriage.



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