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posted Friday, May 6, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 19
Donald Trump may not hate you, but he's not in love with you either
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Donald Trump may not hate you, but he's not in love with you either

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is not as viciously anti-LGBT as former rivals Ted Cruz and Ben Carson were, but he's no friend of the community either.

Like his stand on a number of other issues, Trump's position on LGBT rights is marked by deep inconsistencies.

On one hand, Trump said recently that Transgender people should 'use the bathroom they feel is appropriate.'

And in 2000, when he flirted with the idea of running for president, he told The Advocate magazine that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 should be amended to 'include a ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation' - but not gender identity.

'It would be simple. It would be straightforward,' Trump said in the interview, adding, 'It's only fair.'

On the other hand, 'Trump has been a consistent opponent of marriage equality,' the HRC says.

Early in the campaign, Trump told the Des Moines Register that same-sex couples 'should not be able to marry.'

Asked whether same-sex couples should be able access the same benefits as married couples, he said his 'attitude on it has not been fully formed.'

After a pause Trump said on marriage and domestic partnership benefits, 'As of this moment, I would say no and no.'

According to the HRC, Trump has flip-flopped on the Supreme Court's Obergefell decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

'After the Supreme Court ruling, Trump said the court had made its decision and, although he disagreed with the ruling, he did not support a constitutional amendment that would allow states to re-ban marriage equality,' HRC reports.

'He later said he would appoint Supreme Court judges who would be committed to overturning the ruling.'

Even more disturbing is Trump's embrace of radical Christian-right pastor Robert Jeffress.

Jeffress heads the First Baptist Church in Dallas and hosts the TV show Pathway to Victory. On his show, Jeffress regularly attacks the LGBT community, as well as other religions, including Islam, Judaism, Catholicism, and Mormonism.

In a 2008 sermon titled 'Gay is Not OK,' Jeffress said, 'What [Gay people] do is filthy. It is so degrading that it is beyond description. And it is their filthy behavior that explains why they are so much more prone to disease.'

In spite of his record of hate speech, Trump has invited Jeffress to introduce him to a number of Christian audiences.

'It's becoming something of a regular gig,' Dallas Morning News reporter Robert Wilsonsky wrote of one such event in January.

'Jeffress, you may recall, also intro'd Trump at his American Airlines Center rally in September. And when he's not introducing Trump, Jeffress is laying hands on the man,' indicating his blessing.

Jeffress insists that his appearances with Trump are not an official endorsement, but he maintains that Trump has the best chance of defeating a Democratic opponent and 'could be a very effective president of the United States.'

Log Cabin Republicans - the GOP's LGBT apologists - are enthusiastic about Trump as well.

'He will be the most Gay-friendly Republican nominee for president ever,' said LCR president Gregory T. Angelo.

The problem is, it's not a high bar.

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