Trump's VP pick rankles Republican gay rights activists

Indiana Governor Mike Pence exits Trump Tower in ManhattanBy Ginger Gibson and Emily Stephenson CLEVELAND/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Donald Trump’s choice of Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate has irked some Republican activists who see the Indiana governor’s years of opposition to gay rights initiatives as a setback to efforts to broaden the party’s appeal. The pick could bolster Trump’s support among religious conservatives, but it also opens up a new line of attack for Democrats and liberals seeking to paint the New York businessman as a divisive candidate, putting at risk his efforts to woo moderate voters ahead of the Nov. 8 election against Democrat Hillary Clinton.[nL1N1A10HR] Rachel Hoff, the first openly gay member of the Republican Party’s platform committee, has spent time in Cleveland ahead of next week’s party convention trying repeatedly to get the party to change its official position on gay marriage and adoption by gay couples.

Share this article