As of today, 13 November, President-elect Donald Trump is stepping away from the Republican Party’s stance on same-sex marriage.
In his first interview since beating Democrat Hillary Clinton for the White House, the next US president sat down with CBS’ 60 Minutes. When asked about marriage rights for LGBT couples, the president-elect said the following:
‘It’s law,’ he argued, according to ABC News. ‘It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean it’s done. These cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They’ve been settled. And I’m – I’m fine with that.’
This is contrary to his party’s platform. The GOP is critical of Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court case that made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. The party supports ‘conversion therapy,’ and calls for ‘religious freedom’ laws allowing discrimination of LGBT citizens in businesses.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence is also opposed to same-sex marriage; he voted against a law prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation, and has claimed being gay is a ‘choice’.
During the campaign, Trump promised to select Supreme Court justices who will repeal marriage rights.
The Log Cabin Republicans, a gay political group, insist they have the ear of Trump’s transition team. However, the candidate has selected John Kenneth ‘Ken’ Blackwell, Ohio’s former Secretary of State, to help work on domestic issues.
In a 2006 interview, Blackwell compared gay people to kleptomaniacs and arsonists.