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NYT First Draft on Politics - July 11, 2016: Donald Trump Keeps Distance in GOP Platform Fight on Gay Rights

Monday, July 11, 2016

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The New York Times

Monday, July 11, 2016

Donald J. Trump in Cincinnati last week.
Donald J. Trump in Cincinnati last week. Ty Wright for The New York Times
Donald Trump Keeps Distance in G.O.P. Platform Fight on Gay Rights
Same-sex marriage and transgender rights are emerging as points of serious strain between social conservatives and moderates who are trying to shape the Republican platform, reviving a festering cultural dispute as thousands of party activists and delegates prepare for their convention.
Caught in the middle is Donald J. Trump, who claims “tremendous support, tremendous friendship” from gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people, and who has gone further than most party figures to embrace them. But as the presumptive Republican nominee, he is also trying to assuage doubts about the convictions of his conservatism.
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.
But he has also promised not to interfere with the platform, which serves as the party’s official declaration of principles.
Even as Mr. Trump keeps his distance from the debate, other Republicans who share his more accepting view of gay and transgender issues are working aggressively to tone down some of the existing platform’s language. Paul E. Singer, a billionaire Republican who has financed gay rights battles across the country, is now funding an effort to write into the platform language more inclusive of gays, lesbians and transgender people.
The goal of his group, the American Unity Fund, is not to get the party to endorse same-sex marriage but to add a more open-ended statement that commits the party “to respect for all families,” though there is still fierce resistance from the right.
The Republican National Committee, with help from conservative activists, has been putting together a draft of the 2016 version over the last several weeks. Members of the platform committee received the draft on Sunday evening and will add or change certain provisions over the next two days.
Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont at a debate in Flint, Mich., in March. Mr. Sanders is expected to endorse her on Tuesday.
Richard Perry/The New York Times
Mr. Sanders is expected to appear on Tuesday in Portsmouth, N.H., alongside Mrs. Clinton, who has adopted some of his ideas on education and health care.
Donald J. Trump at a campaign event in Raleigh, N.C., last week. The new tax overhaul plan from House Republicans has more in common with his former opponents than with the presumptive presidential nominee.
Stephen Crowley/The New York Times
The tax plan shepherded by House Speaker Paul Ryan would fundamentally change the system, but both plans reduce taxes on capital gains and high incomes.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court in May. In an interview in her chambers on Friday, she chastised the Senate for refusing to act on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.
Mike Groll/Associated Press
Justice Ginsburg took stock of a tumultuous term for the Supreme Court after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia and gave her thoughts about a Trump presidency.
Donald J. Trump at a campaign rally last week in Cincinnati. A longtime advocate of blunt law-and-order policies, Mr. Trump has run for president as a harsh provocateur, indifferent to conventions of civility and racial tolerance.
Ty Wright for The New York Times
The nation’s recent tragedies have forced Mr. Trump to try to present a new persona as a calm and comforting leader. So far, success has been evasive.
A sign showing support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in May in Raleigh, N.C.
Gay Rights Groups to Air Ad During Donald Trump’s Acceptance Speech
The ad, which will air on Fox News, shows a transgender woman acting out a scene that advocates say occurs too often in states where anti-discrimination protections are not in place.
Hillary Clinton, then United State secretary of state, with Xi Jinping, China’s vice president at the time, at the Diaoyutai Guesthouse in Beijing on May 3, 2012.
Hillary Clinton, as Seen Through a Chinese Prism
Opinions on the American presidential candidate veer from admiration, mostly among women and civil libertarians, to distaste, mostly among male policy makers.
People praying for the Dallas shooting victims at Klyde Warren Park in Dallas on Saturday evening.
Ilana Panich-Linsman for The New York Times
Micah Johnson had practiced explosive detonations, the city’s police chief said, providing new details of how Mr. Johnson sang, laughed and taunted officers during negotiations.
Rudolph W. Giuliani in Germany last month. He said on Sunday that “when you say black lives matter, that’s inherently racist.”
Sophia Kembowski/European Pressphoto Agency
Mr. Giuliani said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that the movement unfairly focused on killings at the hands of the police.
A video feed of President Obama speaking at the Royal Palace in Madrid on Sunday.
President Obama Urges Mutual Respect From Protesters and Police
Mr. Obama implored both sides to avoid inflammatory words and actions as protests against police shootings ramped up across the country over the weekend.