August 26, 2013

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Alabama Republicans this morning overwhelmingly rejected an effort to silence, or oust, a college Republican over comments she made about gay marriage.

The party’s Executive Committee  voted down a proposed rule change that said no member of the party’s steering committee could publicly oppose a resolution adopted by the party’s executive committee.

The vote came after the president of the College Republican Federation of Alabama, Stephanie Petelos, upset some Republicans when she made remarks critical of the party's staunch position against gay marriage.

Petelos is part of the 21-member steering committee because of her position. She told in June that more young Republicans would likely speak out in favor of gay marriage if they “didn't live in fear of backlash from party leaders."