Gay GOP group Log Cabin Republicans is
criticizing the Republican Party's emerging platform, saying that
Donald Trump, the party's presumptive nominee, doesn't support its
After two days of marathon sessions in
Cleveland, host of next week's Republican National Convention,
delegates on Tuesday delivered a document further to the right on
such issues than the party's 2012 platform.
“Opposition to marriage equality,
nonsense about bathrooms, an endorsement of the debunked
psychological practice of 'pray the gay away' – it's all in there,”
wrote the group's president Gregory T. Angelo in an email to
“This isn't my GOP, and I know it's
not yours either. Heck, it's not even Donald Trump's! When given a
chance to follow the lead of our presumptive presidential nominee and
reach out to the LGBT community in the wake of the awful terrorist
massacre in Orlando on the gay nightclub Pulse, the Platform
Committee said no,” he added, a reference to an unsuccessful
amendment to recognize that the LGBT community is a target of ISIS.
Efforts to soften the GOP's anti-LGBT
rhetoric were met with stiff resistance from the committee, which is
stacked with vocal opponents of gay rights.
The platform committee approved nearly
every provision opposed to homosexuality, marriage equality or
transgender rights, and greenlit language that calls for reversing
the Supreme Court's 2015 finding that gay and lesbian couples have a
constitutional right to marry.
According to The New York Times,
the fight to moderate the platform on gay rights will continue on the
convention floor as those proposals gained enough support to demand a
vote from all 2,472 delegates.