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posted Friday, July 15, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 29
No good choice: All potential Trump VPs are anti-LGBT
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No good choice: All potential Trump VPs are anti-LGBT

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has promised to reveal his vice presidential pick on July 14, but none of the presumed frontrunners is a good choice for the LGBT community.

As SGN goes to press, all Trump's potential running mates are jockeying for position, with some enlisting the aid of powerful right-wing opinion makers. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, for example, was flown to Cleveland to meet with Trump aboard Fox News anchor Sean Hannity's personal plane.

Gingrich later announced that he considered himself and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence the likely picks.

'I suspect some time tomorrow that Mike and I will both get phone calls, and one of us will be packing our bags to go to New York and the other one will be going to watch it on TV,' Gingrich told Fox News. 'And we'll find out tomorrow afternoon at some point which one is which.'

'Donald and I get along very, very well,' he added. 'We've known him a long time and get along very, very well with the whole family.'

Both Gingrich and Pence have met with Trump and his children, who are said to be exercising a decisive influence over their father's decision.

One-time Trump rival and current Trump toady Chris Christie was reported to be the frontrunner as late as July 13, but while Gingrich and Pence were meeting with the whole Trump family, Christie only met with a delegation of offspring. By July 14, ABC News reported that Christie was out of the running.

Meanwhile, anti-Trump forces are proposing a rules change that would allow delegates to choose their own vice presidential nominee at the Republican National Convention, instead of voting automatically for Trump's choice.

According to BuzzFeed News, proposed changes to RNC Rule 40 would make it easier for delegates to reject Trump's pick and elect their own alternative. BuzzFeed says the change will be presented at the Rules Committee in Cleveland ahead of the convention.

In any case, all the potential vice presidential candidates have long records of anti-LGBT views.

Of the three, Mike Pence is certainly the worst, having supported the now-notorious SB 101 - the 'Religious Freedom Restoration Act' that repeals local anti-discrimination ordinances and bars Transgender people from using gender-appropriate restrooms.

After supporting the measure, signing it into law, and defending it against the national outcry that ensued after it was passed, Pence backtracked and signed revised legislation stating that the legislature did not intend anti-LGBT discrimination.

While the new bill left many areas of discrimination legal - in employment, housing, and public accommodations, for example - it was enough of a concession that hardcore evangelicals accused Pence of selling out.

If he is not selected as Trump's running mate, it may indicate that the Christian right has won some influence in the Trump camp.

Gingrich cozy with NOM
In spite of his own marital eccentricities, Gingrich has always been cozy with the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). In fact, in 2011, before the US Supreme Court ruling that struck down DOMA, Gingrich signed on to NOM's 'Marriage Pledge.'

The pledge calls on candidates to defend DOMA, push for a federal marriage amendment defining marriage as an opposite-sex union between one man and one woman, repeal marriage equality in the nation's capital, appoint anti-equality judges, and form a McCarthy-like commission to look into alleged incidents of harassment against NOM supporters.

Gingrich also lent his support to the so-called 'Marriage Vow' promoted by the Family Leader, an ultra-right religious organization. The vow states that homosexuality is a choice and a threat to public health.

In a letter to the group, Gingrich vowed to support DOMA and a federal marriage amendment.

You know it's bad when Chris Christie is the best of the bunch
Of the three frontrunners, Chris Christie may be the best of the bunch when it comes to LGBT issues. At least he has admitted that sexual orientation is innate, distancing himself from the teachings of his Catholic faith.

'If someone is born that way, it's very difficult to say then that that's a sin,' Christie said in 2013.

In 2012 he vetoed a marriage equality bill passed by the New Jersey legislature but spoke in favor of the existing civil union law. When his veto was nullified by a federal court, Christie appealed, but his request for a stay was turned down by the US Supreme Court. Christie dropped the appeal in 2013, before the Obergefell decision.

On the plus side, Christie signed a bill outlawing conversion therapy for minors in 2013 and successfully defended the law in court. New Jersey was only the second state to ban the practice.

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