Wednesday, November 09, 2016

What a Trump victory means for LGBT rights

What a Trump Victory Means for LGBT Rights

Same-sex marriage
Trump has been against same-sex marriage since 2000 when he said “the institution of marriage should be between a man and a woman.” On Fox News in January, he mourned the Obergefell v. Hodges decision, hinting that he would “be very strong on putting certain judges on the bench that I think maybe could change things.” 
But whereas Trump has also suggested that the matter was settled and we needed to “get back down to business”, Pence said in 2006 that “societal collapse was always brought about following an advent of the deterioration of marriage and family.” He followed up on that statement by supporting a constitutional amendment banning marriage equality that same year. Then seven years later, Pence signed a bill that would jail same-sex couples who tried to apply for a marriage license.
We don’t know what will happen on the equal marriage front, but with these two as president and vice president and with the Republicans controlling both the House and the Senate, it’s not looking good. 
Discrimination on religious grounds
Trump has already pledged to sign the “First Amendment Defense Act”, which allows for discrimination on religious grounds and prevents the government from acting against any individual who “believes or acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman.” The act would also nullify Obama’s 2014 executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Protection in the workplace, housing and other areas
As for the Equality Act, Trump’s win just about kills that and really any effort to protect LGBT citizens in the workplace, housing and in other areas. Pence wrote on his website “Congress should oppose any effort to recognize homosexuals as a ’discrete and insular minority’ entitled to the protection of anti-discrimination laws similar to those extended to women and ethnic minorities.” Remember, Pence signed the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” into law in 2015, which allowed individuals and businesses in Indiana to refuse service to LGBT people. He also voted against the “Employment Non-Discrimination Act” in 2007, which prohibited workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Hate violence
In regards to hate violence, Trump did say this during his convention speech in Cleveland in response to the Pulse nightclub massacre: “As your president, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology.” What his response will be to internal threats to our community remains unclear.
As for Pence, however, we have some indicators. When the “Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Bill” was signed into law in 2009, he complained that it was part of a “radical social agenda” that would have “a chilling effect on religious expression, from the pulpits, in our temples, in our mosques and in our churches.”
Trans people
Speaking specifically about our trans siblings now, we must remember that Trump has promised he’ll nominate justices (possibly two or three) to the Supreme Court who resemble infamously conservative Antonin Scalia. We are therefore justified in our concern for trans teen Gavin Grimm’s case before the Supreme Court next year. Most LGBT rights battles in the past have been decided by just a 5-4 majority and Trump’s public shortlist of Supreme Court candidates include only anti-LGBT conservative judges. If that conservative majority is built up, a precedent on LGBT rights could be set up not just for four or eight years, but for decades to come.
And again looking at Pence, recall that he too promised an “immediate” review of executive orders issued by Obama, which likely includes the president’s directive to schools to allow students to use facilities corresponding to their gender identity. For his part, Trump flip-flopped on the ‘bathroom issue’, coming out in support of North Carolina’s HB2:
“I’m going with the state. They know what’s going on, they’ve seen what’s happening,” he said. “I’ve spoken to your governor, I’ve spoken to a number of different people, and I’m going with the state.”
As for HIV/AIDS, we haven’t heard Trump’s thoughts but we know exactly how Pence has dealt with the issue. Pence cut AIDS spending in Indiana and considerably decreased the budget of the state’s Planned Parenthood, which was the only organization in Indiana that provided education and prevention tools. By March 2015, Pence had to declare a public health emergency in Austin after the HIV rate in the small town jumped dramatically.
Conversion therapy
And when it comes to the matter of conversion therapy, Pence leads the way again and there’s an HIV/AIDS connection as well. He supports efforts to convert LGBT people (hell, he believes you can electrocute children into being straight). In fact, he wrote on his campaign website that he was in favor of giving money allocated for HIV/AIDS patients to organizations that provided conversion therapy: “Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.”
Pence is a heartbeat away from the presidency. What’s more, he’s widely thought to be Trump’s puppetmaster on governing and even policy. Evangelical extremists and other conservative groups have his ear and he has the ear of the new president-elect, who holds his own troubling views.

Source: Gaily Grind, Daniela Costa, November 9, 2016

Michael Moore Posted this
Morning After To-Do List

1. Take over the Democratic Party and return it to the people. They have failed us miserably.

2. Fire all pundits, predictors, pollsters and anyone else in the media who had a narrative they wouldn't let go of and refused to listen to or acknowledge what was really going on. Those same bloviators will now tell us we must "heal the divide" and “come together.” They will pull more hooey like that out of their ass in the days to come. Turn them off.

3. Any Democratic member of Congress who didn’t wake up this morning ready to fight, resist and obstruct in the way Republicans did against President Obama every day for eight full years must step out of the way and let those of us who know the score lead the way in stopping the meanness and the madness that's about to begin.

4. Everyone must stop saying they are “stunned” and “shocked.” What you mean to say is that you were in a bubble and weren’t paying attention to your fellow Americans and their despair. YEARS of being neglected by both parties, the anger and the need for revenge against the system only grew. Along came a TV star they liked whose plan was to destroy both parties and tell them all “You're fired!” Trump’s victory is no surprise. He was never a joke. Treating him as one only strengthened him. He is both a creature and a creation of the media and the media will never own that.

5. You must say this sentence to everyone you meet today: “HILLARY CLINTON WON THE POPULAR VOTE!” The MAJORITY of our fellow Americans preferred Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. Period. Fact. If you woke up this morning thinking you live in an effed-up country, you don’t. The majority of your fellow Americans wanted Hillary, not Trump. The only reason he’s president is because of an arcane, insane 18th-century idea called the Electoral College. Until we change that, we’ll continue to have presidents we didn’t elect and didn’t want. You live in a country where a majority of its citizens have said they believe there’s climate change, they believe women should be paid the same as men, they want a debt-free college education, they don’t want us invading countries, they want a raise in the minimum wage and they want a single-payer true universal health care system. None of that has changed. We live in a country where the majority agree with the “liberal” position. We just lack the liberal leadership to make that happen (see: #1 above). Let's try to get this all done by noon today.

-- Michael Moore

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