Log Cabin Republican President: GOP passed most anti-LGBT platform in party history

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  • "I'm mad as h*** -- and I know you are, too," Angelo said
  • "This isn't my GOP. Heck, it's not even Donald Trump's," he said

Washington (CNN)One of the most influential gay Republican groups says it is furious about what it's calling the "most anti-LGBT Platform" in the Republican Party's history.

"There's no way to sugar-coat this: I'm mad as h*** -- and I know you are, too," Gregory Angelo, president of the Log Cabin Republicans, said Tuesday in a fundraising email. "Moments ago, the Republican Party passed the most anti-LGBT Platform in the Party's 162-year history."
    LGBT issues were a popular issue this week as Republicans in Cleveland worked to hammer out a platform representing the heart of the GOP.
    A few delegates attending Platform Committee meetings ahead of next week's Republican National Convention repeatedly challenged their peers to moderate provisions affecting gay Americans.
    "Opposition to marriage equality, nonsense about bathrooms, an endorsement of the debunked psychological practice of 'pray the gay away' — it's all in there," Angelo said. "This isn't my GOP, and I know it's not yours either. Heck, it's not even Donald Trump's!"
    Following a deadly attack on an Orlando gay club in June, Trump was praised by some for portraying himself as an ally of the LGBT community.
    "This is a very dark moment in America's history," Trump said at the time. "A radical Islamic terrorist targeted the nightclub not only because he wanted to kill Americans, but in order to execute gay and lesbian citizens because of their sexual orientation."
    Angelo went on to criticize Republicans for their insensitivity in dealing with issues affecting gay Americans following the attack.
    "When given a chance to follow the lead of our presumptive presidential nominee and reach out to the LGBT community in the wake of the awful terrorist massacre in Orlando on the gay nightclub Pulse, the Platform Committee said NO," he wrote.
    A group of Republicans that forced a series of difficult test votes on LGBT issues at the convention hope the fight isn't over and plans to take that fight all the way to the convention floor.
    The proposal would not add LGBT language into the platform, but would replace the more than 60-page draft platform with a 1,200 word statement of 17 core principles of the Republican Party. The group believes that moving to a clearly stated platform would remove the backlash associated with the debate over LGBT issues.
    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."
    "I have no doubt that Donald Trump would be better for LGBT Americans," Chris Barron, the former president of the now-defunct gay conservative group GOProud, previously told CNN.