GOP’s Vile Anti-LGBT Platform Includes Gay Adoption Ban, Claims Porn Is A Public Health Crisis

With the full support of some of the nation’s most anti-gay politicians and anti-gay hate group leaders, Republicans late Tuesday voted on the final draft of the GOP 2016 platform, characterized by the Log Cabin Republicans as “the most anti-LGBT Platform in the Party’s 162-year history.”

Republican delegates voted to include provisions supporting state laws to restrict transgender rights on bathroom use, support of conversion therapy for gay people “by saying that parents should be free to make medical decisions about their children without interference.”

The platform also says “that ‘natural marriage’ between a man and a woman is most likely to result in offspring who do not become drug-addicted or otherwise damaged.”

“Nearly every provision that expressed disapproval of homosexuality, same-sex marriage or transgender rights passed,” writes the New York Times. “The platform calls for overturning the Supreme Court marriage decision with a constitutional amendment and makes references to appointing judges ‘who respect traditional family values.’”

Rachel Hoff, the first openly gay member of the Republican Party’s platform committee, found herself pleading to include pro-LGBT language into the party’s platform, exactly one month after 49 Americans were killed at a gay club in Orlando.

“If you do support me and people like me, can you not at the very least stand up for our right to not be killed?” implored Hoff.

Delegates voted down Hoff’s proposal to oppose the targeted killing of gay people both at home and in places like Bangladesh and Iraq and a proposal that the party make a statement in its platform that LGBT individuals, along with Christians, Jews and women “in particular”, have been targeted by violence and oppression abroad.

“This is a deal-breaker issue for a lot of millennials,” Hoff said Tuesday night. “This is a litmus test for young Republicans.”

New York delegate Annie Dickerson, who has been involved in gay-rights activism since a gay friend died decades ago, also proposed a number of pro-LGBT stances that weren’t adopted, reports Dallas Morning News.

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

“This isn’t my GOP, and I know it’s not yours either,” writes Angelo. “Heck, it’s not even Donald Trump’s!,” he claims, although that’s debatable.

“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.”

Delegates also unanimously adopted an amendment that called pornography “a public health crisis” that is destroying lives:

Pornography, with his harmful effects, especially on children, has become a public health crisis that is destroying the life of millions.

We encourage states to continue to fight this public menace and pledge our commitment to children’s safety and well being.

“The Republican Party’s message is clear: Their proposed platform says LGBTQ people are second class citizens, and that we are not equal or worthy of basic fairness or dignity,” said JoDee Winterhof, HRC’s Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs. “This is a shameful and repugnant message for the Republican Party to send, particularly as the nation prepares to mark the one month anniversary of the tragedy in Orlando. These are not values that the majority of fair-minded voters — of either party — share, and the RNC should immediately reject ignorant and hateful provisions targeting LGBTQ people. We hope convention sponsors and elected officials affiliated with this event will strongly encourage the RNC to strike the anti-LGBTQ provisions that were advanced today.”

HRC’s Blog notes that “the committee’s efforts to insert language into the GOP platform specifically targeting transgender people echoes the malicious intent of North Carolina’s HB2 law — which was rammed through by the state legislature and Governor Pat McCrory in under 12 hours earlier this spring, specifically to undermine the rights of LGBTQ people across the state. The vile measure has remained on the books despite overwhelming opposition from more than 200 business leaders, civil rights advocates, and even national Republican leaders. Donald Trump, however, is among those supporting Governor McCrory and his shameful HB2 law; last week, he confirmed in his strongest terms yet his support for HB2.”

“It’s clear who is leading the party now,” Winterhof added. “Donald Trump gave a full-throated endorsement to North Carolina’s HB2, and now the RNC is following in his shameful, hate-mongering footsteps.”