LGBT Equality At Stake In The Clinton-Trump Presidential Race

LGBT Equality At Stake In The Clinton-Trump Presidential Race

After Super Tuesday cemented the leads of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as their party’s presidential candidates, the stakes are high for LGBT rights.

As the results come in from the largest day of voting in the US Presidential primaries, pro-LGBT Democrat Hillary Clinton is currently well ahead of Bernie Sanders, while Donald Trump has blasted away most of the Republican field.

Mr. Trump has rallied against equality in recent weeks, telling old Fox News he would likely back a plot to overturn same-sex marriage, and telling evangelical leaders they can “trust” him to protect “traditional marriage”. In a bid to court right-wingers, he has also assured lobbyists he would not block a Kim Davis-style ‘religious freedom’ law to permit discrimination against gay couples.

Following Tuesday’s results, the Human Rights Campaign has warned that LGBT rights will be to play for in a eventual showdown between the two.

HRC President Chad Griffin said: “In the biggest showdown of the campaign so far, the strong showing from both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump foreshadows the stakes for millions of LGBT Americans in November. As pro-equality voters look toward Election Day, the differences between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on LGBT equality are enormous.

“Hillary Clinton has presented a clear vision for creating a better future for LGBT people across this nation. Donald Trump has demonstrated that he would block full LGBT equality as president, whether it’s by appointing Supreme Court justices to overturn the nationwide marriage equality or by supporting legislation that would lead to more Kim Davis-like discrimination.”

The Human Rights Campaign has also released a video warning about what will be at stake in November’s Presidential election.

Presidential hopeful Mrs. Clinton has near-unanimously swept up endorsements from national LGBT organisations including HRC, many of whom point to her comprehensive manifesto of detailed LGBT policies.

Bernie Sanders, who has not released an LGBT manifesto and lists, just a few broad policy points, claimed the wave of endorsements for Clinton were “establishment” groups rallying around the “establishment” candidate, because he supported equal marriage four years before she did.

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  1. Mandy
    March 03, 06:50 Reply

    Baba God, extend Your grace upon us international LGBT people once again, and make Hillary Clinton win that presidential seat. I mean, think about the talking points. First female president succeeds first black president.

  2. ambivalentone
    March 03, 07:29 Reply

    I think ppl shud just vote for Bernie. I av read even some LGBT ppl refer to Clinton as ‘bitch’ severally, so I don’t think her PR rating is good. Trump is a huge NO 4 anybody that believes in Human Rights and good-will

    • chuck
      March 03, 09:31 Reply

      She’s beat Bernie already. The election is now Clinton versus ( Republican nominee). lgbt people think a woman is a Bitch? I’m surprised, gays aren’t known for misogyny or sexism at all!

        • bruno
          March 03, 12:07 Reply

          look! up in the sky! it’s a bird. nope. it’s a plane. nope. it’s sarcasm flying over delle’s head!

    • Marc Francis of Chelsea
      March 03, 11:03 Reply

      That’s the first way anyone tries to discredit a hardworking woman. After bitch, it’s slut, and then angry. What makes her a bitch? Is Bernie Sanders a bitch as well or is being female an important factor in falling into that category?

      Sexist mess!

  3. Henrie
    March 03, 07:34 Reply

    Bernie supported gay marriage decades upon decades before Hilary did. When did Hilary even come around? That man has stood on the side of reason and humanity his entire political career.

    • Marc Francis of Chelsea
      March 03, 11:05 Reply

      So? Is it a race of who supported first? They both support our rights so whether it took her longer to understand or not is really besides the point.

  4. Delle
    March 03, 09:51 Reply

    Of all the drama and the incessantly undulating upheavals associated with this election, it’s this LGBT stance that scares the shit outta me.
    It’s bad enough that a goat like Mugabe should rule a country in Africa, but a Mugabe controlling the world? Aaaarrrggghhh!

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