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Is Trump the Most Pro-Gay Republican?
« on: November 06, 2018, 05:57:59 PM »

So now he's a racist even though he has spoken at Black churches and been endorsed by Black ministers, is a white nationalist even he has denounced white nationalism, the problem now is not FAST enough, and now he's supposedly hardcore anti LGBT.   Who to believe?  The fake news media?  What else can they paint him to be, as a politician who has a mixed record like most?  Hillary Clinton didn't come around to same sex marriage until 2013, when she triangulated to the left in her quest for California and New York votes over Bible Belt votes.  The media's attempts to isolate Trump as against nearly everyone and everything are laughable.  Never, ever buck the Deep State on trade policies!

Of Course Donald Trump Is the Most Pro-Gay Republican Presidential Candidate

On Wednesday, Reuters’ Jonathan Jacob Allen wrote a column titled “The LGBT pick for the GOP nomination: Donald Trump?” Allen pondered whether Trump would “draw support from gay Republicans in the primary,” noting his “comparative sensitivity” to the gay community. Throughout the piece, Allen sounds slightly perplexed, as though the notion of Trump as the GOP’s gay-friendly candidate is somehow bizarre or incongruous. But it strikes me as overwhelmingly obvious that Donald Trump is far and away the most pro-gay Republican candidate in the 2016 race.

Trump has never hidden his support for gay civil rights laws. In 2000, he declared that he supported gay anti-discrimination laws and the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” He also advocated for “a very strong domestic-partnership law that guarantees gay people the same legal protections and rights as married people.” His book, released that same year, wistfully described his dream of an America “unencumbered by … discrimination against people based on sexual orientation.”

The details of Trump’s gay rights views are even more impressive. Trump didn’t just want states to pass their own anti-discrimination laws: He supported amending the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 to ban sexual orientation discrimination. Like Trump’s other pro-gay positions, this stance was extremely liberal for its time. In fact, it’s strikingly progressive even today: For decades, Democrats have favored passing separate nondiscrimination laws for gays and lesbians, often riddled with exemptions, instead of granting gay Americans the full range of Title VII protections. Only this year has the party rallied around a bold Title VII fix. That Trump took this position in 2000 exemplifies his casual but consistent support for gay rights.

As a candidate, Trump does not seem to have changed his views—even though they fall far to the left of the GOP platform. Trump seemed to dismiss anti-gay Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, blithely advising that she should let her clerks handle marriage licenses. He has insisted that the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling is “the law of the land”—“you have to go with it,” he advised—and groused that “anybody that’s making that an issue is doing it for political reasons.” Although he professes to oppose same-sex marriage today, he rarely discusses it on the campaign trail. (Notably, Trump did snidely misgender Caitlyn Jenner in one interview; his enlightened views on sexual minorities do not, alas, extend to gender minorities.) 


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Re: Is Trump the Most Pro-Gay Republican?
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