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Log Cabin Republicans irate over party’s platform

FILE - In this April 25, 2011, file photo, Donald Trump is interviewed in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

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Donald Trump.

If Donald Trump was hoping for GOP unity leading into next week’s convention, there’s a ways to go.

In addition to the last breaths of the #NeverTrump movement, the Log Cabin Republicans are denouncing recent developments for the party’s 2016 platform, calling it “the most anti-LGBT platform in the party’s 162-year history.”

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The organization, which represents LGBT conservatives, issued a letter from its president decrying the platform’s changes, which have been reported as “a rightward lurch even from the party’s” 2012 positions.

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

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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has made overtures to the gay community and described himself as a better candidate for LGBT rights than Hillary Clinton. However, he kept his distance as the party hammered out positions in the platform on same-sex marriage and transgender rights.

The GOP officially adopts its platform at the nominating convention.

Trump will be expected to run his campaign based on the platform once he’s named the Republican nominee, but Election 2016 has defied the norm.

Nicole Hernandez can be reached at nicole.hernandez@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @NRHSJax.
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