Donald Trump’s one-man effort to bring LGBT Americans into the Republican Party has been totally undermined by the creation of the vehemently anti-gay GOP Platform, which alienates not only gay Americans but also millennials.
Social conservatives pushed the party’s platform to sound like it was coming from a different era. According to The New York Times, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council led the charge, pushing for a repeal of the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage, for promoting state laws that limit the ability of transgendered people to use the bathroom of their choice, and for supporting gay conversion therapy, which been overwhelmingly discredited.
Perkins also fought off moderate Republicans from blue and purple states who wanted to acknowledge anti-gay discrimination and the gay victims deliberately targeted for the sexual orientation by a radical jihadist.
The evangelical wing of the party also demanded that pornography is deemed a “public menace” that hurts society.
Overeating is a bigger threat to society, but I don’t see anyone up in arms.
Trump is partly to blame, because he and his aides took a hands-off approach to the creation of the platform, asking only that they move away from previously held positions on trade deals and support a border wall. This allowed the vast anti-gay conspiracy theorists to take over.
This party platform goes out of its way to not only insult the LGBT community but millennials as well, who already had very high negative opinions of Trump and the GOP.
Nonetheless, there was a certain constituency of young voters who were at least hopeful by the signs that Trump was moving the GOP past the era of George W. Bush and the Republicans who won elected office by campaigning against gay Americans.
More than 70 percent of millennials support gay marriage — including 58 percent of young Republicans. 65 percent support non-discrimination laws for LGBT Americans, and more than 60 percent oppose laws that demand transgendered people be forced to use bathrooms with the gender of their birth.
Millennials also happen to be the gayest generation of Americans, with seven percent declaring that they’re either gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered.
While Trump doesn’t nearly go as far on gay issues, he stops at openly offending them. He said Caitlyn Jenner could use any bathroom in Trump Towers that she please. He acknowledged bigotry against the LGBT community, and wants to defend gay Americans from the radical jihadists who want to murder them.
Undoubtedly Trump is the most pro-gay Republican presidential nominee of all time, and this party platform doesn’t reflect him or millennials.
Whatever it’s worth, Perkins acknowledged to the Times that Trump doesn’t agree with his anti-gay positions, saying that “he has his own ideas” and that the party platform is not a statement about Donald Trump.