During the Y 2016 election, Log Cabin Republicans, the conservative LGBT organization, declined to endorse Donald Trump for President, even after his vow, at the Republican convention, to “do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from violence and oppression.”
Since taking office, President Trump and his administration have effectively rolled back rights for the LGBT community, reinstating a ban on transgender troops from serving in the US military; reversing departmental protections against discrimination against transgender people; banning the flying of Pride flags at US embassies; and siding with a Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
This month, the US Department of Labor promulgated a draft rule that would allow government contractors to discriminate against LGBT employees on religious grounds.
That is why it was a surprise Friday when the group announced its endorsement of President Trump’s reelection bid.
In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Log Cabin Republicans chairman Robert Kabel and vice chair Jill Homan credited Trump with “removing gay rights as a wedge issue from the old Republican playbook” and “taking bold actions that benefit the LGBTQ community.”
“He has committed to end the spread of HIV/AIDS in 10 years, through the use of proven science, medicine and technology to which we now have access,” they wrote. “Trump has used the United States’ outsize global influence to persuade other nations to adopt modern human rights standards, including launching an initiative to end the criminalization of homosexuality.”
“While we do not agree with every policy or platform position presented by the White House or the Republican Party,” they added, “we share a commitment to individual responsibility, personal freedom and a strong national defense.”
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