Republicans working to craft the party's platform before the national convention rejected two proposals which would have changed the GOP's position on marriage, WORLD News Service reports. Rhode Island delegate Barbara Fenton proposed replacing the plank endorsing marriage as the union of one man and one woman with language advocating civil unions for both same-sex and heterosexual couples. "That was discussed and briefly debated," said Gregg Keller, executive director of the American Conservative Union. "That went down pretty decisively, however. The argument that was generally advanced by the people pushing the proposal was the separation of church and state, and the idea that government should not be 'meddling' in these institutions -- that they should just get out of it altogether." Nevada delegate Pat Kerby proposed an amendment that would add support for same-sex civil unions to the party's support for the definition of marriage of the union of one man and one woman. His proposal was also quickly voted down.