Today, Donald Trump became President of the United States. Trump’s shocking win has had one surprising and unintended consequence—a surge of gay marriages.
A number of gay couples, panicked that their right to marry may soon be revoked, have been rushing down the aisle.
Partners Alicia Verdier and Erin Hansen had intended to marry ever since the Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage, but after Trump won the presidency, they began to feel a sense of urgency like never before.
“All I could think was there was a possibility, with new supreme court nominees, we might lose our right to get married,” Verdier said.
“I have so many friends who’ve gotten married in the last two months,” she added. “Whatever else Trump may think he’s done, he’s caused a lot of gay people to get married. I’m sure that wasn’t his plan, but that’s what he gets as his inauguration gift: all the gay people are getting married.”
After Clinton lost the election, many people were asking for help from Lambda Legal, a legal group focused on the rights of the LGBT community. Camilla Taylor, who used to be the director for the marriage project at Lambda Legal said, “After the election, the single biggest question from callers was: is my marriage safe and will I still be able to get married?”
Fortunately, overturning gay marriage is highly unlikely in Taylor’s opinion. “Even really conservative justices don’t like to go back and revisit very recent decisions.” Also, Trump has said that he was “fine” with the determination, declaring the Supreme Court’s decision to be “done”.
However, Taylor agrees that there are many other reason’s to be concerned with the new President. “While the marriage decision is unlikely to be overturned in the near future, President-elect Trump has shown every indication to appoint to the supreme court and lower courts judges who will oppose the rights of LGBT people.”
Lee Winterhalter, a newlywed who recently sped up her wedding plans to say “I do” in December, says that she and her wife were “so in awe of President Obama and everything he’s done for our community, being married in 2016, while he’d still be president, really meant something special to us.”
So, congratulations Trump for taking the Office of the President. And may your gift continue to be a never-ending number of LGBT individuals expressing their individual freedoms.