With Pence Pick, Trump Doubles Down on Anti-LGBTQ Agenda
Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse, Donald Trump picks notoriously anti-LGBTQ Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate. Pence has made virulent anti-LGBTQ activism a cornerstone of his political career.
- •Opposes Marriage EqualityPence opposed the Supreme Court’s nationwide marriage equality ruling, saying, “Like many Hoosiers, I believe marriage is the union between one man and one woman…” After the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which barred legally married same-sex couple from having their marriages recognized by the federal government, was ruled unconstitutional, he urged amending the state of Indiana’s constitution to outlaw marriage equality.
- •On Non-Discrimination ProtectionsWhile in Congress, Pence voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. He opposed the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” by saying it would turn the military into “a backdrop for social experimentation." He voted against the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, calling it a “radical social agenda.” As governor, his “right to discriminate” bill could have allowed businesses to discriminate and deny service to LGBTQ people because of who they are or whom they love.
- •On Transgender EqualityOpposed guidance from the Department of Education that clarifies that transgender students have a right under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to access restrooms consistent with their gender identity, saying, “The federal government has no business getting involved in issues of this nature.”