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Dump Trump: As RNC Convention Plays Out in Cleveland, HRC Unveils New Website

by Carolyn Simon July 21, 2016


With the RNC Convention in its finalday, HRC has unveiled a new website detailing Donald Trump’s dangerous positions on issues of LGBTQ equality.

We have seen so much progress for the LGBTQ community under the leadership of President Barack Obama, and it all could be reversed by a Donald Trump presidency. Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has attacked, belittled and maligned anyone and everyone he considers different.

Here are just a few ways that Donald Trump has threatened to roll back LGBTQ equality:

  • Vowed to rescind marriage equality and -- with a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court -- pledged to appoint U.S. Supreme Court justices who would overturn last year’s historic ruling;

  • Has vowed to sign the so-called “First Amendment Defense Act,” which would allow individuals, many businesses and nonprofit organizations to circumvent critical federal protections and blatantly discriminate against LGBTQ families;

  • Would support anti-LGBTQ governors like North Carolina’s Pat McCrory or Indiana’s Mike Pence when they write discrimination into state law;

  • Has pledged to repeal President Obama’s executive orders, which include protections for LGBTQ employees of federal contractors;

  • Has verbally attacked women, immigrants, Muslims, people of color, people living with disabilities, asylum seekers and others for political gain.

What’s more, Trump’s record on LGBTQ equality stands in stark contrast with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who has stood with the LGBTQ community, has pledged to protect our hard-fought protections and proposed the most robust LGBTQ equality agenda of anyone running for president.

In recent weeks, Donald Trump has reaffirmed his opposition to transgender equality, appeared alongside Tony Perkins -- leader of SPLC-designated hate group the Family Research Council -- and delusionally bragged about fictional support from the LGBTQ community in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. His false claims about his own support are belied by his own long record of opposing LGBTQ equality.

Now, Trump has doubled down on his anti-LGBTQ agenda by putting Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on the ticket. Pence became a national disgrace in 2015 for his “license to discriminate” bill that could have allowed businesses to deny service to LGBTQ people -- and for subsequently defending the bill after an outcry from the business community and a majority of Hoosier voters. In a now notorious interview with ABC last year, Pence refused to answer eight separate times when asked whether businesses should be able to discriminate against LGBTQ people.

Pence’s discriminatory bill had enormous consequences for the business and economic health of Indiana after a flood of companies spoke out against his bill. Indianapolis’s nonprofit tourism agency estimated that in their city alone, Pence’s anti-LGBTQ bill cost up to 12 conventions and $60 million in lost revenue. Polling conducted by HRC after the 2015 fight found that 75 percent of Hoosiers said the debate was bad for the state’s economy and 70 percent of those surveyed said they opposed the law.

Today, Hoosiers have strongly negative feelings toward Pence. In a recent poll, only 40 percent approved of his job performance and 42 percent disapproved.

Visit www.hrc.org/dumptrump to learn more about why Donald Trump is unfit for the presidency.

Paid for by Human Rights Campaign Equality Votes and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.




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