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Following the decision, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland told reporters, “It was an effort to bring clarification.”

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., said the move was a “reasonable adjustment” because many Democrats felt the platform should reflect the party’s belief that Jerusalem should be capital of Israel.

“I felt pretty frustrated that a lot of us who have a very strong point of view on this weren’t given a heads up, weren’t given a briefing on this, it was just kind of sailing along,” Casey said.

But the decision to amend the platform upset some delegates.

Noor Ul-Hasan, a Muslim delegate from Salt Lake City, Utah, said she felt it went against the principle of the separation of church and state.

“There are people who don’t believe in God and you have to respect that as well,” Ul-Hasan said. She also questioned whether the convention had enough of a quorum to even amend the platform. “There was no discussion. We didn’t even see it coming. We were blindsided by it.”

Angela Urrea, a delegate from Roy, Utah, said she felt it was sprung on the convention without any discussion.

“The majority spoke last night,” Urrea said, referring to Tuesday’s vote. “We shouldn’t be declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”

Republicans declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel in the platform the party approved last week at its convention in Tampa, Fla.

Peoples reported from Utah. Associated Press writer Ken Thomas in Charlotte, N.C., contributed to this report.