The GOP might soften its tone on LGBTQ issues

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The GOP Might Soften Its Tone on LGBTQ Issues

Before the balloons fall at the Republican National Convention, the GOP could make some changes to its stance on LGBTQ issues.

While the party likely won't make any major changes like its position on same-sex marriage, its approach — namely how it addresses LGBTQ issues — will likely change.

According to a CBS report, a group of platform committee members is looking to change the party's language to "equality language."

An unnamed delegate told the network, "There are ways to say things that show we are a party that believes in fairness for all Americans."

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Protesters call for Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant to veto House Bill 1523, which they says will allow discrimination against LGBT people, during a rally outside the Governor's Mansion in Jackson, Miss., Monday, April 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
A young girl holds a Human Rights Campaign equality banner at a rally outside the Governor's Mansion in Jackson, Miss., as several hundred people call on Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant to veto House Bill 1523, which they say will allow discrimination against LGBT people, Monday, April 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN - Jody Owens, Managing Attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center in Mississippi, addresses a crowd of around 500 people against House Bill 1523 outside the Governor's office in the state Capitol on Monday, April 4, 2016 in Jackson, Miss. (James Patterson/AP Images for Human Rights Campaign)
William Hargrove of Winona, stands outside the Governor's Mansion in Jackson, Miss., during a rally where several hundred people called on Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant to veto House Bill 1523, which many believe will allow discrimination against LGBT people, Monday, April 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
A small Human Rights Campaign equality banner flies on the grounds of the Governor's Mansion in Jackson, Miss., as several hundred people rally outside the building and called on Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant to veto House Bill 1523, which many believe will allow discrimination against LGBT people, Monday, April 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Protesters call for Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant to veto House Bill 1523, which they say will allow discrimination against LGBT people, during a rally outside the Governor's Mansion in Jackson, Miss., Monday, April 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
The Rev. Brandilyne Dear, of Joshua Generation Church in Hattiesburg, Miss., calls for Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant to veto House Bill 1523, which she says will allow discrimination against LGBT people, during a rally outside the Governor's Mansion in Jackson, Miss., Monday, April 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Protesters call for Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant to veto House Bill 1523, which they say allow discrimination against LGBT people, during a rally outside the Governor's Mansion in Jackson, Miss., Monday, April 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, calls out for Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant to veto House Bill 1523, which he says will allow discrimination against LGBT people, during a rally outside the Governor's Mansion in Jackson, Miss., Monday, April 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, calls out for Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant to veto House Bill 1523, which he says will allow discrimination against LGBT people, during a rally outside the governor's mansion in Jackson, Miss., Monday, April 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Cheryl Nanette of Jackson, Miss., holds a sign while advocating a change of the state flag, while walking around the Capitol rotunda in Jackson, Miss., Monday, April 4, 2016. About two dozen protesters marched for several minutes holding signs and chanting against a bill that would expand the Jackson airport board and against Confederate symbols used by the state. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
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Republican gay rights groups have expressed hope the GOP will soften its stance on LGBTQ issues with Donald Trump as its presidential nominee, though he opposes gay marriage.

"Donald Trump is the most pro-gay Republican nominee ever," GoProud co-founder and GOP strategist Chris Barron told CNN.

That sentiment's been echoed by several groups, including the Log Cabin Republicans — arguably the most influential conservative, pro-LGBTQ group in the country.

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Trump raised eyebrows in April when he said North Carolina should "leave it the way it is" instead of imposing its bathroom law barring transgender people from using the bathroom of the gender they identify with.

"There have been very few complaints the way it is," Trump told NBC's "Today" show.

But Trump also said the decision should be left up to states. He later said he would cancel the Obama administration's guidance for public school bathrooms but said in an interview, "You have to protect everybody."

The Republican National Convention kicks off July 18 in Cleveland.

This video includes clips from C-SPAN, Donald J. Trump for President Inc., ABC and Fox Business and images from Getty Images.

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