GOP Platform Might Go Flaccid on Party's Anti-LGBT Language -- In Your Face Trump Shies Away from the Debate

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    Jul 10, 2016 12:19 AM GMT to consider softening party's official language on LGBT

    With the Republican National Convention less than two weeks away, moderate Republicans are drafting an amendment that would soften the GOP's official position on gays and lesbians, CBS News has learned.

    The party's official stance on LGBT issues will be debated during next week's meeting of the RNC's platform committee, a 112-member group of Republican activists from around the country.

    ...Perhaps more surprising than the effort itself is the fact that staunch social conservatives from the Midwest and South are prepared to accept rhetorical tweaks.

    Currently, the language adopted during the 2012 platform calls the "redefinition of marriage" by state courts an "assault on the foundations of society." It's unclear whether or not this language will be eliminated. But the compromise that some delegates are expecting is the addition of "equality language."

    ...Trump has opposed same-sex marriage since he first dabbled in presidential politics in 2000.

    Jim Bopp Jr., a conservative Indiana delegate on the platform, said the old platform language on same-sex marriage is no longer appropriate since last year's landmark Supreme Court ruling that allowed same-sex couples to marry nationwide.

    This won't change the core of the issue, Bopp told CBS News. He also said that adopting friendlier language toward gays and lesbians should not be perceived as a major concession by conservatives....

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    Jul 10, 2016 11:52 PM GMT Keeps Distance in G.O.P. Platform Fight on Gay Rights

    ...One of the most contentious issues confronting delegates when they meet on Monday to debate the platform will be whether to adopt a provision defending state laws that try to prevent transgender people from using the public restroom of their choice. At times Mr. Trump has criticized those laws. And he has said Ms. Jenner could use whatever bathroom she prefers at his properties.

    But he has also promised not to interfere with the platform, which serves as the party’s official declaration of principles....
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    Jul 12, 2016 1:29 AM GMT
    Looks like the attempt to soften it not only fell flat, but got stomped on as well:
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    Jul 12, 2016 3:07 PM GMT
    damned elephunts!

    And we had such high hopes for the GOP's evolution.