February 5, 2016 at 11:09 am EDT | by Chris Johnson
Trump expects forward motion on gay rights as president
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Donald Trump said forward progress on LGBT right would happen on his administration. (Washington Blade file photo by Lee Whitman)

In contrast to other recent remarks, Donald Trump said on Thursday progress on gay rights would continue under his administration and cast himself as a uniter of people regardless of their views on the issue.

Trump made the remarks in New Hampshire just days before the state’s primary in an interview with New England Cable News’s Sue O’Connell, who’s also publisher of the Boston-based LGBT newspaper Bay Windows.

O’Connell, a lesbian, asked Trump if the country can look for more “forward motion” on gay and lesbian rights if he’s elected to the White House.

“Well, you can,” Trump answered. ” And look, again, we’re going to bring people together, and thats your thing and other people have their thing. We have to bring all people together and if we don’t we’re not going to have a country anymore.”

It’s hard to say what kind of forward progress would happen on LGBT rights under a Trump administration. In a 2000 interview with The Advocate, Trump said he supports amending federal civil rights law to include sexual orientation. Although Trump has said in this election cycle companies shouldn’t fire people for being gay, but hasn’t said whether he still supports amending federal law to achieve that goal or whether he would also support protections for transgender people.

Meanwhile, Trump has signaled qualified support for the First Amendment Defense Act, federal religious freedom legislation seen to enable to anti-LGBT discrimination. An opponent of same-sex marriage, Trump said on Sunday he would consider appointing justices to the Supreme Court who would reverse the ruling in favor of marriage equality.

Gregory Angelo, president of Log Cabin Republicans, said the remarks reveal a glimmer of hope Trump would be a friend to LGBT people in the White House.

“As I’ve long said, putting all else aside — and with Donald Trump, that can, at times, be a herculean task — there is a legitimate case to be made that Donald Trump would be an ally to the LGBT community as President of the United States,” Angelo said. “Trump confirmed that today.”

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

11 Comments
  • Wow, a Republican Presidential nominee that supports LGBTs. Never thought I’d see the day… Good though.

    • Does he really support us or is he just telling his particular audience what they want to hear? How can you support LGBT rights when you also say you will appoint judges to reverse the marriage equality ruling or will support a religious freedom act which is mainly aimed are circumvent the laws and court rulings that protect our rights?

  • A GOPer will NEVER support gay rights so don’t get your hopes up

  • Or Trump is just saying what he thinks present company wants to hear. How long until the general public notices that?

  • A “glimmer of hope in a lifetime of disappointment,”should become LCR’s new motto.

    • LCRs are Pollyannas telling us to play the glad game and believe in unicorns and glitter when it’s obvious all we will get from supporting such people is horse dung.

      LCR and their fellow gay conservatives will take any bone thrown at them by the GOP wagging their tails, rolling over and playing dead on command. They love being the poster girls when the GOP needs tokens to prove themselves to be compassionate!

  • too late, biitch-too late-we’ve seen your hatred and we will not allow you to be POTUS

  • Trump is sounding a lot like Mitt Romney, a classic flip-flopper expressing contradictory views on issues depending on his audience. He keeps this up he can be called a weather vane and use the chameleon as his emblem.

    How can your bring people together and state you will bring forward motion to GLBT issues when you’ve already stated that you would seek to reverse the marriage equality ruling through court appointments and support a religious freedom act? Does he bank on GLBT to be stupid?

    Nothing Trump is saying inspires trust or confidence. Who is the real Donald Trump and what will he really do? He bashes then says he supports the specific people he bashes.

  • Fast forward to today July 14, 2016. Trump sucks up to the most fanatical right wing anti lgbt groups, is considering the uber bigot Pence as a VP, submitted a list of scotus candidates that are hand picked by the bigots in the Heritage Foundation and FRC. Trump has embraced every Anti lgbt person and group in the GOP so don’t count on Trump to be lgbt friendly by a longshot.

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