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Log Cabin Republicans: Party passes ‘most anti-LGBT platform’ in GOP history

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. arrives for a Republican caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Later, he will be discussing his "A Better Way" agenda which House Republicans wanted to roll out before the GOP convention.
House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. arrives for a Republican caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Later, he will be discussing his "A Better Way" agenda which House Republicans wanted to roll out before the GOP convention. AP

Log Cabin Republicans on Tuesday evening issued an email announcing that “moments ago, the Republican Party passed the most anti-LGBT Platform in the Party’s 162-year history.”

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

“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.”

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Angelo then requests donations from Log Cabin members:

“Take back the Platform. Take back the Party. Stand up today and let the folks on the Platform Committee who paved the way to this foolishness know you’re not going down without a fight!”

Here’s the complete letter, with fundraising pitch:

There’s no way to sugar-coat this: I’m mad as hell — and I know you are, too.

Moments ago, the Republican Party passed the most anti-LGBT Platform in the Party’s 162-year history.

Opposition to marriage equality, nonsense about bathrooms, an endorsement of the debunked psychological practice of “pray the gay away” — it’s all in there.

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.

BUT...now is not the time to sit around feeling sorry for ourselves. Log Cabin Republicans has been officially credentialed for the Republican National Convention, and when it convenes in Cleveland in a mere 6 days’ time I want to be able to take a stand, but we’re going to need your support to do it.

Cleveland is rightly making the most of their time in the spotlight, and prices for advertising in area news outlets are sky-high.

That’s why I’m writing to ask for your help.

Please give today and give generously — $500, $250, $100, or whatever you can give would go a long way to ensuring we don’t go quietly into the night.

Take back the Platform. Take back the Party. Stand up today and let the folks on the Platform Committee who paved the way to this foolishness know you’re not going down without a fight!

Sincerely,

Gregory T. Angelo

President

Log Cabin Republicans is the nation’s largest Republican organization representing LGBT conservatives and allies. The more than 30-year old organization has state and local chapters nationwide, a full-time office in Washington, DC, a federal political action committee and state political action committees.

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