President elect Donald Trump said he will not change any of the Supreme Court rulings regarding gay marriage, saying he considers it a &q...
President elect Donald Trump said he will not change any of the Supreme Court rulings regarding gay marriage, saying he considers it a "closed subject".
In an interview on 60 minutes, Trump was asked an array of questions ranging from his economic plan, to his rival Hillary Clinton, to immigration, and many more. However, when the issue of gay marriage came up, Trump made some comments that were in stark contrast to his parties traditional beliefs, as well as what many west coast rioters are so upset about.
Trump said he was "fine" with gay marriage as the law of the land.
“It’s law,” he said in the interview when asked about gay marriage. “It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean it’s done.”
Trump also said that it is "horrible" that riots are going on because protesters believe he will go against the LGBT. He also added that he believes that notion is "built up by the press".
“These cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They’ve been settled. And I’m – I’m fine with that,” he added.
Many protesters have voiced concerned for their safety after Trump was elected by electoral college November 8th. "As a member of the LGBT community, I am concerned for my safety now that Trump is going to be President." One anti-Trump protester told us in an interview with Political Outsource. Other reports have surfaced, too, like one saying eight transsexual teenagers killed themselves shortly after the election. However, now, the comments seeming to support gay marriage and other gay right issues may come as a relief to some.
This isn't the first time Trump has voiced support for LGBT rights. In September, he came on stage holding a LGBT flag. Trump also became the first President elect to mention LGBT citizens in a victory speech, when he talked about the Orlando shooting massacre, and how he plans to "put a stop" to anti-LGBT attacks.
"Only weeks ago, in Orlando, Florida, 49 wonderful Americans were savagely murdered by an Islamic terrorist. This time, the terrorist targeted our LGBTQ community. No good. We are going to stop it."
"As your President, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology, believe me," Trump added.
Trump paused, and was greeted by a roar of applause. Going off his speech scrip, he acknowledged the support from Republicans gathered in the arena.
"And I have to say as a Republican, it is so nice to hear you cheering for what I just said," he said. "Thank you."
Many gay Republicans voiced support for Trump during the campaign trail, including PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, who said, "“Every American has a unique identity. I am proud to be gay. I am proud to be a Republican,” greeted by a cheering crowd at the RNC in Cleveland in July. Thiel would make history as the first openly gay RNC speaker, and doubled down on his endorsement for Trump, donating $1.2 million to his campaign.
Charles Moran, a gay Trump delegate, recalls listening to the ground-breaking speech by Thiel, "This is my Republican Party,” he said “This is what I'm here for. This is the candidate I'm here to nominate. The guy who brings somebody like Peter Thiel to the deck and puts him up on stage -- that's my Republican Party.
“Donald Trump is the best candidate that the LGBT community has ever seen come out of the Republican Party,” Moran added. “We see a consistent line from Donald Trump that being pro LGBT and pro inclusion is a good business decision and I believe he’s going to bring that with him in the White House."
The recent news of Trump voicing support for LGBT groups, as well as numerous endorsements from gay and LGBT citizens and supporters, comes in stark contrast to many rioters and protesters who hold signs reading Trump is anti-LGBT and anti-gay.