Hate Group Leader Praises Trump Campaign for Allowing Anti-LGBT GOP Platform

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(EDGE) When it comes to the Trump campaign, it's a hate group love fest.

Tony Perkins, head of the anti-LGBT hate group Family Research Council, praised GOP nominee Donald Trump's campaign on Friday for not getting in the way of passing the most anti-gay platform in the 152-year history of the Republican Party.

"I have had to fight every Republican campaign, including George W. Bush's campaign, John McCain's, Mitt Romney's, on the platform over life issues, marriage issues, human sexuality," Perkins said. "I've had to fight every campaign except Donald Trump's campaign. They actually worked with us on the platform, in fact whipped, meaning gathered votes, on one of my amendments on the Johnson Amendment."

Perkins served on the platform committee for the GOP convention this year and was instrumental in forming language that seeks to roll back marriage equality, curtail transgender rights and expand parental access to gay conversion therapy for minors.

Perkins' comments came during a conference call organized by the Ohio-based Citizens for Community Values in which he warned that if Hillary Clinton becomes president, the nation will become a "very, very hostile environment" for Christians. But a Trump presidency, he said, would give the church space to save a country that's "hanging by a thread over a raging fire."


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