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LGBTQ Community Calls Out The White House On Claim They Are Trying To Make Gay Marriage Legal Worldwide

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President Donald Trump was elected as President of the United States and leader of the free world on a platform of right wing populism. What that essentially means in practice, as we have been slowly and painfully learning over the last two years or so, is that he has little or no regard for what is widely perceived to be acceptable or not in the current day and age. For instance, we do not generally condone blocking entire world religions from entering our country, or calling people from one nation “rapists”, because that is racism.

Trump refuses to (or is unable to) understand this fact. The views that he has espoused through his policies and which are mirrored by his administration are regressive and backwards. One of the most pressing areas of policy in which this is the case is that of LGBT rights. Trump, of course, launched a failed attempt to ban transgender people from joining the armed forces, for no good reason. And Vice President Mike Pence has an extensive history of appalling homophobia.

In a surprising move, the White House recently announced that it would be spearheading an international movement to try to make gay marriage legal around the world (it is still illegal in many countries) and therefore forward LGBT rights. Sounds good, right? Except that this is the Trump White House, so it is never that simple. This quite basic campaign pledge has plunged the White House into total chaos, especially since the President recently and very bizarrely denied all knowledge of the project.

“We have a lot of questions about their intentions and commitments and are eager to see what proof and action will follow,” said Jeremy Kadden, who is a senior international policy advocate with the LGBT advocacy group Human Rights Campaign. He continued: “[President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have] turned away LGBTQ people fleeing violence and persecution and sent them back to countries that criminalize them, and have consistently worked to undermine the fundamental equality of LGBTQ people and our families here at home from day one.”

That is a pretty damning indictment of the entire approach to this highly sensitive issue of the whole Trump administration. Kadden’s comments were closely mirrored by Jerri Ann Henry, who is executive director of Log Cabin Republicans, a non profit group set up to represent LGBT conservatives. She said:

“I hope [Trump’s] comments were just a mistake. If they were not, that would be extremely disappointing.”

Ouch. Trump better watch his back on this.


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