President-elect Donald Trump has asserted that same-sex marriage is a settled issue in his view. The business mogul has previously pledged to appoint Supreme Court (SCOTUS) Justices who would be ideologically inclined to overturning the historic Obergefell v. Hodges ruling.
On Nov. 13, Trump pushed back against fears of his presidency among the LGBT community during an interview with CBS News’ “60 Minutes.”
“And yet I mentioned them at the Republican National Convention… I have been, you know, I’ve been a supporter,” Trump said.
Interviewer Lesley Stahl noted that many LGBT Americans are concerned about how a President Trump could impact their right to marry, and asked the business mogul if he supports marriage equality.
“It’s irrelevant because it was already settled,” Trump said, referencing the SCOTUS ruling in June 2015. “It’s law. It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean it’s done… and I’m fine with that.”
The President-elect has previously voiced disapproval of the Obergefell v. Hodges decision, asserting that marriage equality should be decided by each state.
During the Republican primary, Trump suggested that he would appoint SCOTUS Justices who would overturn the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling.
“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 in January, according to Politico. “I disagree with the court in that it should have been a states’ rights issue.”
Trump has also pledged to rescind all of President Barack Obama’s executive orders on his first day in office. Among Obama’s executive orders was a ban on discrimination against LGBT Americans in housing and health coverage, according to New York Magazine.
Vice-President Mike Pence has an established history of being fervently against same-sex marriage and other LGBT legal protections. While serving in Congress, Pence had supported that Defense of Marriage Act, which would have outlawed same-sex marriage nationwide, according to the Indy Star.
In 2014, while serving as governor of Indiana, Pence supported an amendment in the state’s constitution that would have outlawed same-sex marriages. He also expressed disappointment with the SCOTUS decision to make marriage equality the law of the land, accusing the court of failing “to recognize the historic role of the states in setting marriage policy.”