Politics

Trump On Gay Marriage: 'It's Settled'

| by Michael Doherty

In a widely-publicized post-election "60 Minutes" interview on CBS, President-elect Donald Trump said that gay Americans will not lose their right to marry.

After Trump's election, he appeared on CBS' "60 Minutes" for an interview in which he clarified some of the positions he outlined during his presidential campaign. In addition to saying that he had plans to deport or incarcerate "two or three million" illegal immigrants, as well as suggesting that Roe v. Wade could be overturned, Trump said that he is "fine" with gay marriage, and that the issue has been "settled" by the Supreme Court, according to ABC News.

"It's law," said Trump. "It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean, it's done."

"These cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They've been settled. And I'm - I'm fine with that," said Trump, who called the issue "irrelevant."

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Trump's new comments contradict his stance during the Republican primaries, when he said that gay marriage should have been left to the states, and added that he would consider appointing Supreme Court judges who would overturn the court's decision to allow gay marriage across the country. The Republican party's 2016 platform has also been called its "most anti-LGBT" platform in history.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence has also met with controversy from the LGBTQ community, such as when he signed a religious freedom bill that LGBTQ advocates said would allow discrimination against gay and trans people in Indiana, according to Time.

Trump's statements during the interview also conflict with the list of potential Supreme Court justices that he is reportedly considering to fill late Justice Antonins Scalia's position on the panel, according to The Huffington Post.

Trump's list of potential nominees has included Don Willett, a Texas Supreme Court justice who tweeted that he "could support recognizing a constitutional right to marry bacon" in April 2015, shortly before the Supreme Court made the decision to recognize gay marriage. He has also used Twitter to make fun of a transgender player on a high school softball team, according to The Advocate.

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Also listed are Diane Sykes, who made the decision to allow a student group to discriminate against homosexual students while still receiving public funding and being recognized as an official school group, and William Pryor, who reportedly voted against allowing gay couples to adopt.

Sources: ABC News, The Huffington Post, Time, The Advocate / Photo credit: Elvert Barnes/Flickr

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