Yesterday, the Log Cabin Republicans (LCR) announced that they will not be endorsing Trump for President despite him being “perhaps the most pro-LGBT presidential nominee in the history of the Republican Party.”
In fact, the LCR praised the candidate stating: “His unprecedented overtures to the ‘LGBTQ community’—a first for any major-party candidate in our nation’s history—are worthy of praise, and should serve as a clarion call to the GOP that the days of needing to toe an anti-LGBT line are now a thing of the past.”
However, he still has not earned their endorsement because of the people he surrounds himself with.
The LCR statement says: “As Mr. Trump spoke positively about the LGBT community in the United States, he concurrently surrounded himself with senior advisors with a record of opposing LGBT equality, and committed himself to supporting legislation such as the so-called ‘First Amendment Defense Act’ that Log Cabin Republicans opposes.”
While their statement did not name names, it is easy to point out the anti-LGBT influencers who have top advisor spots with Trump’s campaign. Most obvious is his running mate, Mike Pence, who has infamously signed into law the anti-LGBT Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana. He also tried to redirect funds from HIV/AIDS programs to “gay cure” programs. Pennsylvania senator, Rick Santorum, who is known for his anti-LGBT record, has recently been announced as another Trump advisor.
If Donald Trump wins the election, the LCR promises “to work with his administration to ensure the advances in LGBT freedom we have fought for and secured will continue. Until and unless that happens, our trust would be misplaced.”