People of the United States have already decided that Donald Trump will be their next president and Mike Pence as their next vice president. However, as these two leaders take over the U.S. leadership in January, members of the LGBT community are starting to feel frightened.
All throughout their campaign, Trump and Pence have been very vocal about their being anti-LGBT. Although the president-elect mentioned that he would be ?better for the gay community than Hillary Clinton,? still, a lot of these people are scared of what Trump and Pence are planning in the coming years.
Based on the Republican Platform passed earlier this year, Trump and Pence attacked same-sex adoption and parenting. They as well expressed their desire to oppose a ban on ?gay cure? therapy. Also, Republican lawmakers wrote bills that would exempt ?religious freedom? from anti-discrimination laws.
These bills mainly focus on legalizing discrimination against the LGBT people. It will as well allow workplaces to discriminate based on sexual orientation. Pence also said that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in 2007 ?wages war on freedom and religion in the workplace.?
Furthermore, Trump also opposes equal marriage rights. He vowed to appoint judges in the Supreme Court with a view to overturn federal equal marriage laws. The president-elect again reiterated that he is for ?traditional marriage,? which is a clear statement that he would never allow same-sex marriage.
Pence, on the other hand, shares the same stand with Trump. According to him, being gay is a ?choice? but preventing gay couples from marrying is not discrimination. It was just a means of enforcing ?God?s idea,? he said.
These statements from both Trump and Pence clearly indicate that their term is going to be difficult for members of the LGBT community. On a good note, Chad Griffin of the Human Rights campaign vowed to fight for them, said a report from PinkNews.
?For our part, HRC will continue our fight for equality and justice for all with greater urgency and determination than ever before. We must. Lives literally depend on it,? said Griffin. ?Today, we draw strength from the vast majority of Americans who believe that our lives and rights are worth fighting for,? he added.
For now, it is great to know that there are still groups that are ready to protect the rights of the LGBT people. But with the leadership of Trump and Pence, it will be a difficult war for them. Share your thoughts in the comment section below.