Excited by Trump, gay Republicans struggle with rest of GOP

Entrepreneur Peter Thiel speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Thursday, July 21, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

CLEVELAND (AP) - Pro-gay Republicans have held Donald Trump up as the most supportive nominee in GOP history, but at this week's Republican National Convention, their excitement is clashing with the stark realization that their party is still pushing a very different message.

While Republicans seek to broaden their appeal ahead of November's election, the party adopted a platform that moves farther away from gay rights with a new admonition of gay parenting, adding language that says kids raised by a mother and father tend to be "physically and emotionally healthier." On the convention's first day, the platform maintained its opposition to gay marriage and to bathroom choice for transgender people.

Trump declares himself a "friend of the gay community," but his nominating convention has featured awkward silences on the rare occasions when gay rights have come up.

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