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Trump Vows To Keep Obama's LGBT Protections

| by Ray Brown

President Donald Trump said he will not threaten to undermine progress made by the LGBTQ community under former President Barack Obama.

"President Donald J. Trump is determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community," said a statement obtained by ABC News. "The President is proud to have been the first ever GOP nominee to mention the LGBTQ community in his nomination acceptance speech, pledging then to protect the community from violence and oppression."

But the Human Rights Campaign, a pro-gay rights organization, said Trump's statement was not enough.

"Claiming ally status for not overturning the progress of your predecessor is a rather low bar. LGBTQ refugees, immigrants, Muslims and women are scared today, and with good reason. Donald Trump has done nothing but undermine equality since he set foot in the White House," said HRC President Chad Griffin in a statement posted on the group's website. "Donald Trump has left the key question unanswered -- will he commit to opposing any executive actions that allow government employees, taxpayer-funded organizations or even companies to discriminate?"

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On Jan. 30, one day before Trump's statement was released, HRC posted a blog that referred to "rumors" about the Trump administration potentially undermining LGBTQ progress.

"The rumors of an anti-LGBTQ executive action by President Trump are deeply troubling. We already know that he is willing to target and marginalize at-risk communities for his perceived political gain. As the President and his team plan their next steps, we want to make one thing clear: we won't give one inch when it comes to defending equality, whether it is a full-on frontal assault or an attack under the guise of religion. Mike Pence should know that better than anyone given his track record in Indiana," said JoDee Winterhof, the Human Rights Campaign's Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs.

In past years, Trump has made statements for and against same-sex marriage.

In 2011, he told Fox News that he was against marriage equality.

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"I just don't feel good about it. I don't feel right about it," Trump said. "I'm against it and I take a lot of heat because I come from New York. You know, for New York it's like, how can you be against gay marriage? But I'm opposed to gay marriage."

But during the 2016 presidential campaign, he became the first Republican candidate to support laws that allow marriage equality.

"These cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They’ve been settled. And I’m -- I’m fine with that," he said in 2016, according to ABC News.

Sources: ABC News, Fox News, Human Rights Campaign (2) / Photo Credit: Michael Candelori/Wikimedia Commons

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