Plenty Of Anti-LGBT Speakers At Trump's Convention


Plenty Of Anti-LGBT Speakers At Trump's Convention

In the lead-up to and during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, we’ll be profiling some of the activists and politicians invited to speak at the event. .

As Peter earlier today, speculation that Donald Trump may move the Republican Party into greater acceptance of LGBT people is hard to take seriously given the GOP platform committee’s of an exceptionally anti-LGBT platform, not to mention the anti-LGBT activists whom Trump himself has in his quest for the presidency.

A of this year’s Republican National Convention speakers should also put that idea to rest.

Along with the many businessmen and celebrity buddies of Trump who appear on the speakers list are a number of activists and politicians who have long records of anti-LGBT activism.

Jerry Falwell Jr., the son of Moral Majority founder Jerry Falwell and one of Trump’s earliest endorsers from the Religious Right, has a speaking slot. Falwell is the head of Liberty University, the school founded by his father, which is well known for its and discouraging homosexuality. Liberty University is closely affiliated with Liberty Counsel, the anti-gay legal group that in her quest to defy the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling.

Also speaking will be three former GOP presidential rivals to Trump who are known for their anti-LGBT politics.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who hooked his presidential campaign on an appeal to Religious Right voters, will have a speaking slot. As we , Huckabee managed to cover plenty of extremist ground just in his 2016 campaign:

After all, Huckabee had vowed to  with a   ,  the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling and , and literally turned Kentucky clerk Kim Davis’ release from detention , . The former Arkansas governor even because the company released rainbow-colored chips benefiting an LGBT suicide prevention group and  in .

Then there’s Ben Carson, who attracted plenty of attention during his presidential run for proves that being gay is a choice. Carson that “abnormal” LGBT people shouldn’t get “extra rights” and of justices who back gay marriage. He also argued, as Brian has , that the gay rights movement is “part of a wider, , plot and the .”

Then there’s Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who, along with , accused the gay community of waging :

Cruz and Huckabee were both so eager to win the votes of anti-gay extremists that they at which the organizer, radical pastor Kevin Swanson,  that the Bible demands that gay people be put to death.

And there are many more. Newt Gingrich, when he was running for president in 2011, to support a constitutional amendment banning marriage equality and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” In 2008, Gingrich that "there is a gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us, is prepared to use violence, is prepared to use harassment.” Mike Pence, who’s now being reported to be Trump’s vice presidential pick, has a rights, including signing a bill in Indiana last year that would authorize broad discrimination against LGBT people, before to amend the law.

While few sitting members of Congress are showing up to the convention, among those invited to speak are several with strongly anti-LGBT records. Just this year, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to ensure the last-minute defeat of a provision that would have protected LGBT people from employment discrimination from federal contractors, creating a on the House floor. Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee was i in making the 2012 Republican platform reach new levels of anti-LGBT sentiment (although this year’s platform is ). Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, when she was a state legislator, in an effort to overturn the state supreme court’s landmark marriage equality ruling. She has claimed she wants to leave the marriage issue to the states, but at the same time has a constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage.

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