GOP VP candidate Mike Pence has a long history of anti-gay views
Indian Governor Mike Pence was a relative unknown to a lot of Americans, but the LGBTQ community is all too familiar with much of the Republican politician’s history, and here’s a friendly reminder incase you’re curious.
Pence, who was chosen as VP under now-official presidential contender Donald Trump, has a recent history of run ins with LGBTQ issues. Many remember his brush with so called “religious freedom” laws which caused businesses to boycott the state.
In a shining moment, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe actually invited prospective businesses which considered leaving Indiana to come to Virginia instead.
But thankfully for the people of IN, Pence bowed to pressure and altered the state’s law, removing the controversial provision which would have allowed private businesses to deny services to LGBTQ people if doing so would have violated a “deeply held religious belief,” otherwise known as discrimination.
But Pence has long been a member of the anti-LGBTQ militia and he’s been unafraid to share it publicly. And we don’t have to look far to find it. This video comes from the then-Congressmen’s ofiicial Youtube page (fast forward to 3:22):
“I don’t believe we should be using the american military or our armed forces to advance a liberal social agenda,” said Pence back in this MSNBC interview in 2010, just before the end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the federal policy which bared service members from being openly gay in the military.
Pence was quite clear about his concerns for a “liberal social agenda,” but then he doubled down and told us how he really felt about the idea of American citizens who love and live like anyone else, but in a less traditional way.
“I would still have a problem with gays in the military. To mainstream homosexuality with in active duty military would have an impact on unit cohesion, recruitment and readiness… Don’t ask Don’t Tell was a compromise… it’s been a successful compromise,” Pence said. “We aught to leave it like it is and not run the risk of impacting the readiness of our military or recruitment of our military to advance a liberal social agenda”
As for unit cohesion, that might be hard to nail down, but recruitment numbers continue to meet or exceed exceptions according to 2015 statistics from the Department of Defense.
Pence was brought in to help normalize Trump to the traditional base of the GOP, and his conservative values are a great place for that to start. So don’t be fooled, between the Republican platform this year, and Trump’s own interest in bringing in Supreme Court Justices who would overturn marriage equality, the Republicans have little desire to protect the rights of the LGBTQs and will attempt to do the exact opposite.
“Once more people realize same sex attractions do not mean you have to be any kind of label, just yourself…”September 19, 2016
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