Fox News revealed their roster for the first Republican Presidential Debate this Thursday, and the crew includes Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie and John Kasich. So, what exactly have these candidates said about the LGBT community? We decided to do the homework for you and profile where the candidates stand on LGBT rights and gay folks in general (Hint: It’s not good).
Donald Trump: GLAAD had an entire campaign against the candidate, called “Tune Out Trump,” in regards to his anti-gay views and his former television show The Apprentice. Even when recently pressed during an interview on CNN about his personal lack of “traditional marriages,” Trump continued to state, “I am just…I’m for traditional marriage.”
Jeb Bush: Of all of the Republican candidates, Bush seems to be the “lesser of two evils” when it comes to LGBT rights. We reported several weeks ago that, during a rally in San Francisco, Bush told a gay audience member, “I don’t think you should be discriminated [against] because of your sexual orientation. Period. Over and out…I think this should be done state-by-state. I totally agree with that.” Read more »
As of the date of this publication, two Republicans—Ted Cruz and Rand Paul—have officially announced their 2016 Presidential ambitions. It shouldn’t come as a shock that both men aren’t friendly toward the LGBT community; in fact, both are downright eerily homophobic. We rounded up some of the most disturbing things both candidates have said about the gay community. This is, by far, not an exhaustive list, but a good starting point to fully understand each man’s similar world views toward basic human rights. Read more »
From 2006 to 2009, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 81, was the sole woman on the U.S. Supreme Court. Nominated in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, she now presides alongside Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Earlier this month, in speaking to a law school, Justice Ginsburg noted the court’s increasing embrace of gay rights.
This is not to say that gay and lesbians have secured equal protections in the eyes of the law. But comparatively, Justice Ginsburg said that the court still wrestles with “the ability of women to decide for themselves what their destiny will be.”
Though history is never made as linearly as we learn it in the classroom, it sometimes seems like social justice movements happen one at a time instead of concurrently. Despite this, each group’s push toward equality carries the same fundamental objective: To expand the idea of what it means to be “American.”
When Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in her dissent on the much-publicized Hobby Lobby case that the court’s decision”ventured into a minefield,” she wasn’t far from the truth. It hasn’t taken long for religious leaders across the nation to compose a letter to President Obama, asking certain organizations to be exempt from his upcoming executive order which bans discrimination against LGBT individuals who are employed as federal contractors. Read more »
It’s no surprise that the Mormon church doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to LGBTQ rights. However, one of the church’s most outspoken advocates for the gay community is on the verge of being excommunicated. Read more »
John Abdallah Wambere left Uganda to visit Boston in February 2014 on a simple mission: to spread information that his home country was persecuting LGBTQ individuals at an alarming and terrifying rate. He arrived in the states with three pairs of jeans, two pairs of shoes, and four shirts. Little did he know that his life would totally and completely change in a matter of moments: he’d be a wanted man in Uganda for no other reason than the fact that he was gay.
Tomorrow, at the U.S. Courthouse on Market Street, United States District Judge Mary McLaughlin will hear oral arguments in the case of Palladino v. Corbett. The federal suit, filed in September 2013, declares that the Pennsylvania statute banning the recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages is unconstitutional.