In a fund-raising letter, Gregory T. Angelo, president of the Log Cabin Republicans declared he was shocked and dismayed that the GOP had passed "the most anti-LGBT platform in the Party's 162-year history".
The chair of Donald Trump's campaign in Rhode Island is expressing surprise over reports that the National Republican Party platform is moving increasingly to the right.
Republicans moved Tuesday toward adopting a conservative platform that takes a strict, traditionalist view of the family and child-rearing, bars military women from combat, describes coal as a "clean" energy source and declares pornography a "public health crisis".
Addressing that policy in the platform is a political miscalculation, according to Anne Dickerson, a NY delegate who argued that the "discussion of bathrooms takes us down a rabbit hole quite a great distance".
Matheson and Barton allege that a group of Republicans friendly to gay and transgender matters who had tried to include some positive mention of gays in the party's platform was behind the scheme. Despite a concerted effort by a handful of progressive delegates, the panel ultimately made no concessions towards the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Washington, D.C. delegate Rachel Hoff, the first and only openly gay member of the committee, was left emotional after trying and failing to soften the platform's language on same-sex marriage. "We are your sons, your friends, your neighbors, your colleagues, the couple who sits next to you in church".
"Stop repelling gays, for God's sake", she declared.
Work on the party platform is expected to wrap today, and delegates at next week's convention will vote on whether to ratify it on the floor.
A dissident group of Republican delegates is making a long-shot bid to replace the 60-page party platform approved Tuesday with a two-page statement of principles that avoids hot-button issues like gay marriage and leaves out language reflecting GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's positions on trade and immigration.
Later, as delegates supported an amendment to insert language reiterating opposition to the Supreme Court's ruling that gay marriage is constitutionally protected, Dickerson said: "Has a dead horse been beaten enough yet?"
Next on my schedule: the Platform Committee.
The 2012 GOP platform calls same-sex marriage "an assault on the foundations of our society".
"If you do support me and people like me, can you not at the very least stand up for our right not to be killed?"
There were a few libertarian-leaning voices on the committee, and they tended to appear younger than the average member, but they were out-gunned on LGBT issues as well as challenges to drug war orthodoxy and support for medicinal marijuana.
Matheson - with Barton's help - wrote the language that Hoff's group wants to use but said he did so to start a discussion about shortening the platform, not to sow dissent.