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According to Gallup, just under 30 percent of Americans still
believe that same-sex sexual relationshipsânot even marriages,
mind youâshould be illegal. Over a third oppose same-sex
marriage and 37 percent maintain that âgay or lesbian relationsâ
are âmorally wrong.â
It will not be turned back for at least four years.
Trump was the first President elected who supported same-sex marriage
during the campaign.
Trump has no intention of reinstituting the ban on homosexuals in the
President Trumps Anti-LGBT Agenda Is Louder Than His Pride Message
..."Trumps attacks on LGBTQ rights from early in his presidency have been
documented, from his Twitter announcement in July of 2017 that he was banning
transgender people in the military to his Justice Departments federal court
brief, filed at about that same time, defending discrimination against gay,
lesbian and bisexual people in employment.
But in the past several weeks the assault on LGBTQ rights has ramped up
aggressively. The president trumpeted the Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS) expansion of a so-called conscience rule allowing for health
care providersincluding physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and teachersto turn
away LGBTQ people and others based on religious grounds.
HHS Office of Civil Rights last week also proposed a new rule to strip
protections from discrimination in the Affordable Care Act which, at first,
seemed solely to affect transgender peopleterrible enoughbut upon further
scrutiny it became clear would allow discrimination against all LGBTQ people.
That followed a new rule by the Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD) ending protections in federally-funded homeless shelters for transgender
The Trump administration will soon roll back an Obama administration ban on
discrimination against gay and lesbian couples among federally-funded adoption
and foster care agencies, according to a report in Axios.
The State Department also appears to be using challenges to birthright
citizenship of gay and lesbian parents children who were conceived and born,
sometimes with the help of egg donors and surrogates, in other countrieseven
though one or both parents are U.S. citizensas another way to diminish same-sex
Trump judicial nominee Howard Nielson Jr., who as an attorney defended
Californias Proposition 8 (which banned same-sex marriage) by arguing that
homosexuality is a choice, was confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate
last week as a district court judge in Utah.
Nielson is just one of a slew of federal judges with hostility to LGBTQ rights
Trump has appointed.
How could Trump convince political reporters to push the notion that he has, at
worst, a mixed record on LGBTQ rights and, at best, is pretty good compared to
He succeeded in doing just that 2016, in part by simply using the term LGBTQ
in his speech at the Republican National Conventionsomething no Republican
candidate had ever doneclaiming hed protect LGBTQ citizens. His record now,
however, is quite clear.
Except Trumps already showing us how hes going to attempt to obscure it, with
tweets like the ones on Friday, which get breathless headlines from too many of
the media. And with interviews like the one he did two weeks ago, in which Trump
responded to a Fox News interviewers question about Democratic candidate Pete
Buttigiegs same-sex marriage by saying, I think its absolutely fine.
He went on to agree with the interviewer that its a sign of great progress,
adding, Yeah, I think it's great. I think that's something that perhaps some
people will have a problem with, I have no problem with it whatsoever. His
interviewer, Steve Hilton, didn't raise Trump's opposition to marriage equality
and his appointment of judges hostile to LGBTQ rights.
Trump and his defenders, which include gay Republicans such as his ambassador to
Germany, Richard Grenell, are pointing to a supposed efforts to combat
homophobia worldwide right on cue.
Grenell earlier this year had in fact announced a push by the Trump
administration to fight the criminalization of homosexuality around the globe.
It was odd coming from an ambassadorlocated in another countryand the state
department in Washington hadnt announced any specific plan. Even Trump seemed
unaware of this effort when asked about it by a reporter, responding, I don't
know which report you're talking about.
As the New York Times reported, fighting criminalization of LGBTQ people in
other countries, is, according to the State Department, longstanding policy
from the Obama years, and it was unclear
whether the decriminalization effort
was, in fact, new.
It would be nice if this were one pro-LGBTQ Obama initiative the Trump
administration has decided to continueunlike the many it is rolling backbut it
hardly makes Trump a savior for LGBTQ people.
It does, however, allow Trump to attack Muslims in broad strokes. The context of
that 2016 RNC speech was that Trump would defend LGBTQ citizens from a
hateful foreign ideology, cynically using LGBTQ peoples safety as another
opportunity to engage in Islamophobia.
But its a hateful domestic ideology, promoted by Trump-supporting evangelical
Christians, who are the greatest threat to LGBTQ rights in the U.S. And Trump
has been recklessly following through on promises to them, systematically
stripping the rights of LGBTQ people.
This isnt a mixed record. Its brutal and abhorrent. And that is something
reporters must be clear about, no matter what Trump says on Twitter, or in a Fox
News interview, a campaign speech, or anywhere else.