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Gay Republicans ‘mad as hell’ over ‘most anti-LGBT platform in party’s 162-year history’

Gay Republicans ‘mad as hell’ over ‘most anti-LGBT platform in party’s 162-year history’

Log Cabin Republican President Gregory T. Angelo

Log Cabin Republicans are calling the Republican Party’s platform the ‘most anti-LGBT … in the party’s 162-year history.’

The gay conservative group is blasting the platform adopted by the GOP after two days of marathon sessions that is anti-gay marriage, pro-transgender discrimination and pro-conversion therapy.

‘Opposition to marriage equality, nonsense about bathrooms, an endorsement of the debunked psychological practice of “pray the gay away” — it’s all in there,’ Log Cabin President Gregory T. Angelo writes in an email to members.

‘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.’

Angelo describes himself in the letter as ‘mad as hell.’

Efforts by some members of the committee to include pro-LGBTI language were rejected while nearly every provision passed that expressed the party’s disapproval of homosexuality, same-sex marriage or transgender.

The platform calls for overturning the Supreme Court’s landmark 2015 ruling on same-sex marriage with a constitutional amendment and there is also language that refers to ‘natural marriage’ between a man and a woman.

When it comes to anti-gay ‘conversion therapy,’ the platform states that parents should be free to make medical decisions about their children without interference.

There are also provisions promoting state laws putting limits on which restrooms transgender people can use.

The party will formally vote next week to ratify the platform.