The District of Columbia Republican Committee has approved a gay-inclusive platform, becoming the first GOP state party to officially back gay rights.

The platform, approved Thursday, includes the following language: “We, the Republicans of the District of Columbia support the belief that all individuals, without regard to sexual orientation, are entitled to full equal protection under the laws and the Constitution and that everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.”

The DCRC's Platform Committee proposed the gay-inclusive plank.

“I was delighted that the Platform Committee included this inclusive language on equality,” Robert Kabel, chair of the D.C. Republican Committee, told gay weekly The Washington Blade.

“We are excited to be a part of a state party who understands that inclusion wins,” said Robert Turner III, president of the local chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans. “Marriage equality is settled law here in the District. All citizens, including LGBT citizens, should be treated equally.”

Other GOP state parties this year have spoken out on gay rights, including Indiana Republicans, who softened their stance against gay marriage, and Texas Republicans, who approved a platform opposed to gay rights.

(Related: Majority of Republicans support gay unions.)