Get the Facts on Donald Trump
Donald Trump remains dangerously out of step with the fair-minded majority of Americans who believe that LGBTQ people should be treated equally under the law. He stands on the wrong side of history when it comes to equality. We need an LGBTQ advocate in the White House, and despite what Trump has claimed, his record shows that he is no friend to the LGBTQ community.
Here are just a few ways that Trump has threatened to roll back LGBTQ equality:
Trump vowed to rescind marriage equality and -- with a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court -- pledged to appoint U.S. Supreme Court justices who would overturn last year’s historic ruling.
Trump has urged passage of the “First Amendment Defense Act,” which would allow individuals, many businesses and nonprofit organizations to circumvent critical federal protections and blatantly discriminate against LGBTQ families.
Trump would support anti-LGBTQ governors like North Carolina’s Pat McCrory and Indiana’s Mike Pence when they write discrimination into state law.
Trump has pledged to repeal President Obama’s executive orders, which include protections for LGBTQ employees of federal contractors.
He verbally attacked women, immigrants, Muslims, people of color, people living with disabilities, asylum seekers and others for political gain. These are attacks on all of us and put us all at risk.
In recent weeks, Donald Trump has reaffirmed his opposition to transgender equality, appeared alongside Tony Perkins -- leader of SPLC-designated hate group the Family Research Council -- and delusionally bragged about fictional support from the LGBTQ community in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. His false claims about his own support are belied by his own long record of opposing LGBTQ equality.
Now, Trump has doubled down on his anti-LGBTQ agenda by putting Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on the ticket. Pence became a national disgrace in 2015 for his “license to discriminate” bill that could have allowed businesses to deny service to LGBTQ people -- and for subsequently defending the bill after an outcry from the business community and a majority of Hoosier voters. In a now notorious interview with ABC last year, Pence refused to answer eight separate times when asked whether businesses should be able to discriminate against LGBTQ people.
Pence’s discriminatory bill had enormous consequences for the business and economic health of Indiana after a flood of companies spoke out against his bill. Indianapolis’s nonprofit tourism agency estimated that in their city alone, Pence’s anti-LGBTQ bill cost up to 12 conventions and $60 million in lost revenue. Polling conducted by HRC after the 2015 fight found that 75 percent of Hoosiers said the debate was bad for the state’s economy and 70 percent of those surveyed said they opposed the law.
With just a few months to go before the election, the choice could not be more clear. Hillary Clinton has stood with the LGBTQ community, pledged to protect our hard-fought protections and proposed the most robust LGBTQ equality agenda of anyone running for president. Donald Trump will roll back LGBTQ equality at every turn.