Ever since Donald Trump won the election a few days ago, there has been a lot of fear for the future given Trump’s history of homophobic, sexist and racist comments.
There are numerous concerns for the LGBT community, but one of the key ones is the worry that the President-elect will repeal the hard won marriage equality law. However, it seems that the outspoken Republican has no intention of messing with same-sex marriage.
He touched on this topic in a recent interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes, when he was asked about what the LGBT community can expect for their marriage rights.
Trump replied: “It’s law. 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 especially interesting, not only given Trump and Pence’s history, but it’s also counter to his party’s platform. The GOP is critical of Obergefell v Hodges, and also supports “conversion therapy” and also calls for “religious freedom” laws which would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT people.
While it is reassuring that Trump seems to have no intent on repealing marriage equality, LGBT people still have numerous concerns given the Republican party’s views.
It also seems that Roe vs Wade might not be safe, which has been a concern for women in the US ever since Trump’s election. Trump said he would elect a Supreme Court judge who is pro-life and also suggested that Roe vs Wade might be overturned.
“If it ever were overturned, it would go back to the states,” Trump said.
So, one worry for the LGBT community is gone, but that still leaves many not only for the community but for American citizens in general. January is certainly going to be an interesting time, as the President-elect will take office.