"LGBT issues were being discussed in nearly every platform subcommittee", says Gregory Angelo, president of the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay conservative group. "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'". The New York Times reports his efforts to move the party further to the right could be seen in amendments on issues ranging from gun control to transgender bathroom use. "But I was surprised by so much opposition to standing up for human rights in the platform".
"People found clever ways to disguise the fact that they just don't want to talk about LGBT people in our platform", she said. "The practice stems from a religious-based archaic understanding of sexuality that believes homosexuality is a choice and is sinful". "This language extends to 'physical and emotional" therapy as well".
The platform calls for the building of a wall on the border with Mexico and, in recognition of Trump's controversial proposal to temporarily ban Muslim immigration, would impose "special scrutiny" of foreigners wanting to move to the USA from "regions associated with Islamic terrorism".
"We're your daughters, your sons, your neighbors, colleagues and the couples you sit next to you in church", Hoff pleaded. Republican Party, which has often taken more liberal stances on social issues, including on abortion and voting rights and self-determination for D.C. In D.C., same-sex marriage has been legal since 2010.
Barrasso said the committee started with the 2012 platform document and began making changes.
Several members of the panel had an established history of anti-LGBT attitudes.
And Giovanni Cicione, a Ted Cruz delegate from Rhode Island, proposed adding that LGBT individuals "in particular" have been targeted by Jihadi terrorism. Mexico's president said there was "no way" the country would comply with such a demand.
"We need to evolve".
But opponents said that it was wrong for the platform to single out any groups, eventually rejecting the proposal and instead adopting a condemnation of violence on "all human beings".
"By the time we leave the Platform Committee meeting and by the time Republican delegates leave Cleveland, we'll go home united and ready to support Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton", said Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, a delegate on the committee.
Pro-life activists know they have a voice in the Republican Party and many will be in Cleveland for the upcoming GOP convention.
Her comments were met with a round of applause, but her amendment failed - as did another amendment that would have had the party formally recognize that members of the LGBT community were victims of terror attacks like the massacre in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando last month.
How important is a party's platform? "In the process of that, I was misled about a document. and I signed the document under false pretenses (while) being lied to".
Log Cabin and Angelo have no shame.