BOSTON (AP) - The head of the Massachusetts Republican Party is distancing herself from a more socially conservative platform approved by the Massachusetts Republican State Committee.
The platform adopted Tuesday night by the 80-member panel calls every instance of abortion "tragic" and says the party will advocate for policies to "assist a woman during a crisis pregnancy."
On the question of gay marriage, the platform says the party believes "the institution of traditional marriage strengthens society."
Massachusetts Republican Party Chair Kirsten Hughes said she doesn't support the platform and that GOP candidates are "free to divorce themselves from it."
The platform has drawn criticism from Democrats and abortion rights activists. It could also prove awkward for two of the party's most prominent candidates - Charlie Baker and Richard Tisei.
Baker supports abortion rights and gay marriage. Tisei is gay and married.
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