Trump Pledges To Sign Law Legalizing LGBT Discrimination

| by Robert Fowler
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GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has promised to sign into law a bill that many LGBTQ Americans have derided as legalized discrimination.

The business mogul has been billed as more LGBTQ-friendly than other Republicans who have run for president.

“He will be the most gay-friendly Republican nominee for president ever,” Gregory T. Angelo, the president of the Log Cabin Republicans, told The New York Times.

Trump has historically shown a comfortability with same-sex marriage that many GOP politicians do not possess. In 2005, when musician Elton John married longtime partner David Furnish, Trump congratulated the pair, stating “If two people dig each other, they dig each other.”

Despite this, Trump has promised on his official campaign website to sign the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) into law if he is elected president. FADA allows employers, businesses, landlords and even healthcare providers to discriminate against individuals based on religious grounds, LGBTQ Nation reports.

“If I am elected president and Congress passes the First Amendment Defense Act, I will sign it to protect the deeply held religious beliefs of Catholics and the beliefs of Americans of all faiths,” Trump said.

The GOP nominee has also indicated that he would appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn the June 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

“If I’m elected I would be very strong in putting certain judges on the bench that maybe could change things, but they have a long way to go,” Trump said during the Iowa primary in January, according to Politico.

The business mogul has maintained that he believes same-sex marriage should be decided by states.

Trump’s running mate, Republican Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, has had a history of making controversial statements regarding LGBTQ Americans, according to Time Magazine.

In 2006, Pence stated that being gay was a choice and that same-sex marriage would lead to “societal collapse.”

On Sept. 23, a poll conducted by NBC News/SurveyMonkey found that only 20 percent of self-identifying LGBT voters support Trump while 72 percent support Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton -- and 82 percent of LGBT voters viewed Trump unfavorably, according to NBC News.

On Sept. 10, Clinton running mate Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia slammed Trump’s perception as LGBT-friendly during a Human Rights Campaign dinner.

“Donald Trump is no friend to this community and he’s no friend to the value of equality,” Kaine said, according to ABC News.

“Go to Donald Trump’s position page,” Kaine added. “Search for an LGBTQ agenda or maybe I can save you time. There isn’t one. No mention. It’s invisible.”

Sources: ABC NewsLGBTQ Nation, The New York TimesPolitico, Time Magazine / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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