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Unfortunately for LGBT allies in the GOP, the Republican Platform Committee didn't feel the same way.

The platform committee's decisions this week were a move to the Right on social conservative issues in a year where some LGBT Republicans have called presumptive Republican nominee "the most pro-gay Republican nominee ever".

The change reflected both political and legal reality, said Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council and a committee member from Louisiana.

The gay rights movement has made major strides over the past decade - but that hasn't changed the Republican Party's official outlook on homosexuality.

Rachel Hoff, an openly gay Washington D.C. delegate who pushed for numerous LGBT platform changes, said she was encouraged that roughly 30 members of the 112-member committee supported a failed provision on Monday that acknowledged "diverse and sincerely held" views on marriage within the party.

"We are your daughters, we are your sons, your friends, your neighbors, your colleagues, the couple that sits next to you in church", Hoff said, her voice wavering.

One delegate from D.C., Rachel Hoff, declared that she was the first openly gay member of the RNC drafting committee.

"The addition of conversion therapy in the GOP's platform shows they're far from finished fighting against the LGBT community", Faith In America executive director Eliel Cruz said in a statement. She says it's a matter of laying out core values of the party that will attract a country she believes in center-right.

The draft of the GOP party platform explicitly calls for building the wall - after the man who is now the presumptive presidential nominee spent more than a year obsessing over it. He and Boyd Matheson, who signed the minority report Tuesday but have since removed their names, accuse the group of hijacking the platform process to force the party into a messy floor debate on gay-rights issues at next week's convention. Perhaps in deference to the twice-divorced and thrice-married Donald Trump, platform committee members did vote down an amendment condemning no-fault divorce.

The platform committee, which completed its work Tuesday, approved language that criticized current global trade deals, endorsed imposing a mandatory five-year prison sentence for people caught re-entering the country illegally after being deported and called for a wall to be built along the U.S. -Mexico border.

The platform will be formally voted on by Republican delegates at the start of their convention on Monday.

In an interview last week with The Daily Signal, former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli said that delegates on the platform committee should take up the issue to keep boys and girls in their respective bathrooms based on biology, not gender identity.

"Clearly those issues are important to me, but that's not what this is about", said Hoff, who was one of a handful of delegates who failed to convince the party to soften its opposition to same-sex marriage in the platform.


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