Rachel Maddow on Pence’s Anti-LGBT Policies

As scary as the idea of Donald Trump as President is, his Vice President Mike Pence is even scarier. Many have called for Trump to be impeached, and in the eyes of many more people, that would be the absolute worst thing to do given that it would put Pence in control.

Rachel is of course no stranger to the long and difficult road to marriage equality, and when speaking on Pence’s anti-LGBT legislation, she became quite emotional. She brought to our attention a piece of legislation signed by Pence in 2013 when he was governor of Indiana.

Simply put, this legislation made it a felony to “lie” on a marriage license application, which at the time only had space for one man and one woman.

Rachel said: “So, ultimately, marriage equality becomes the law of the land everywhere thanks to the Supreme Court, but in Indiana, under Mike Pence, gay couples faced 18 months in prison and $10,000 for applying to get married. Just applying to married put you in jail under Mike Pence.”

“When the Republican party picked as their nominee this year Donald Trump, a man who has honestly kind of a confusing, incoherent position on a lot of culture war issues, including gay rights, you would think it would’ve been really huge news.”

“You’d think it would’ve been an acute point of focus in this campaign when the Republican presidential nominee — who has this strange, sort of hard to follow, internally contradictory set of policies on these issues — he picked as his running mate the most vociferously and consistently anti-gay statewide elected official in the country.”

“Mike Pence said you should not only take away money from HIV and AIDS programs, he said AIDS funding should be taken away from serving people with HIV and AIDS because instead it should be diverted into government-funded programs designed to cure people from being gay, to try to fix gay people. That’s what the government should spend its money on — not this AIDS stuff. Mike Pence is really, really out there.”

Of course, Pence has no actual tangible power by himself, but the fact that this man was chosen as VP and that he will have the ear of the future President is deeply concerning. If anything happens to Trump, we will have an extremely hateful man taking the most powerful office on Earth.

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