The leader of the Log Cabin Republicans, a pro-LGBT facet of the Republican party, Gregory T. Angelo, is doubling down on his belief that Donald Trump is the most pro-LGBT Republican president.
He made the comment at last year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
At this year’s event, he said it again.
Michelangelo Signorile, of the Huffington Post, pressed him about it in an interview.
‘This president is the first president to enter the White House who believes that marriage equality is settled law of the land,’ Angelo said in defense of Trump.
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‘Barack Obama didn’t believe that when he entered the White House,’ he continued. ‘Hillary Clinton only came around to that position in 2013.’
Angelo’s response refers to a 60 Minutes interview Trump gave last year.
He ambivalently said marriage equality is the ‘law of the land’ after the Obergefell decision, without offering his own stance.
What’s the reality?
Log Cabin Republicans have defended Trump before.
Angelo further said in the interview: ‘As I’ve long said, if you’re calling Donald Trump out for what are actual or perceived biases against the LGBT community, you have to call a spade a spade, highlighting the pro-LGBT things he has done.’
But the facts reveal something different.
Despite saying marriage equality is the law of the land, Trump also contradicted himself.
‘If I’m elected I would be very strong in putting certain judges on the bench that I think maybe could change things,’ he said prior to his win. This was specifically in reference to overturning Obergefell.
He did this early on in his term when he nomined Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.
Trump’s administration is also siding with the bakery in the current Masterpiece Cakeshop case.
It’s a definite shift from Obama’s record.