Log Cabin Republicans furious about 2016 GOP platform

By : Alex Storer
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The Log Cabin Republicans, an LGBT organization of political conservatives, proclaimed July 12 that the GOP’s platform for the 2016 convention is “the most anti-LGBT platform in the Party’s 162-year history.”

Gregory T. Angelo, the organization’s president, wrote in an online statement that the platform includes “opposition to marriage equality, nonsense about bathrooms [and] an endorsement of the debunked psychological practice of ‘pray the gay away.'”

In contrast, the Democratic Party platform that was hammered out in Orlando July 8 and 9 has been heralded as the most progressive platform in the party’s history. The most recent draft of the Democratic platform has a strong section on LGBT rights, which states that Democrats are committed to “comprehensive federal non-discrimination protections,” “combat[ing] LGBT youth homelessness” and “promot[ing] LGBT human rights.”

Angelo wrote in his statement that the Log Cabin Republicans – an organization founded in the 1970s – has been credentialed for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and that he wants to “be able to take a stand” against the anti-LGBT aspects of the platform at the event.

The Republican National Convention kicks off the afternoon of July 18.

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