Donald Trump, the leading candidate in the Republican presidential primary, declines to make his same-sex marriage position clear.
Yesterday, 5 March, after winning races in Kentucky and Louisiana, the reality star/businessman held a press conference. A Daily Mail reporter asked the candidate where he stood on same-sex marriage, and Trump did not give a coherent answer.
‘We have policy on it. And I’ve said it very, very strongly,’ Trump said. ‘And I think you know it. And it’s all done and, you know, in a campaign how many times do I have to say it?’
Trump never said what that policy is, and when the reporter asked for clarification the candidate became very Trump-ish.
‘David, sit down please, David. David. Sit down. You know my position.’
In the past month, Trump has offered multiple opinions on LGBTI equality and marriage, each contradicting the other. In early February he promised, if elected to the White House, he would ‘move forward’ on LGBTI rights.
However, in a mid-February interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Trump insisted evangelical Christians can depend on him on the marriage equality issue.
‘I think they can trust me,’ said Trump who has been married three times. ‘They can trust me on traditional marriage.’
In that same interview, he panned the June 2015 Supreme Court ruling which made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 US states. He called it ‘a shocking decision’ that ‘came out of nowhere.’
‘I was very much in favor of having the court rule that it goes to states and let the states decide,’ Trump said.
In 2013, before he was a serious contender for the Republican nomination, the businessman borrowed from President Barack Obama’s playbook. Trump noted he was ‘evolving.’
‘I think I’m evolving, and I think I’m a very fair person, but I have been for traditional marriage,’ Trump said at the time.