This post was written by Connor Balough
Who would have thought a Republican would be better than a Democrat on gay rights? In 2005 Trump tweeted his support for friend Elton John’s marriage, while it took Clinton until 2013 to say she thought gay marriage was okay. Well, it turns out that Donald Trump is a darling of both the gay movement on the right (Milo Y, Ann Coulter) and now many on the left.
What gives? Hillary Clinton always says Trump is a homophobe.
Not so. Trump’s stance on gay rights is a states right’s view. As a Businessman and a Reality Show Star, Trump never looked at someone’s race, gender or sexual orientation, but instead focused on their skills as people.
Elton John and his longtime boyfriend, David Furnish, entered a civil partnership on Dec. 21, 2005, in England under a law the country had just enacted granting recognition to same-sex couples. The congratulations poured in as the two men appeared at a joyous ceremony at Windsor Guildhall, amid a crush of paparazzi. Donald J. Trump, who had known the couple for years, took to his blog to express his excitement.
“I know both of them, and they get along wonderfully. It’s a marriage that’s going to work,” Mr. Trump wrote, adding: “I’m very happy for them. If two people dig each other, they dig each other.”
Mr. Trump is now the leading candidate for president in the Republican primary, which has traditionally been dominated by hopefuls eager to show how deeply conservative they are on social issues like gay rights and marriage.
But Mr. Trump is far more accepting of sexual minorities than his party’s leaders have been. On Thursday, he startled some Republicans by saying on NBC’s “Today” show that he opposed a recently passed North Carolina lawthat prohibits people from using public bathrooms that do not correspond to the gender they were born with, striking down a Charlotte ordinance.
Clinton’s statements during her 2000 Senate race
In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act, a law that defined federal marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
Hillary Clinton would face questions about same-sex marriage starting with her 2000 campaign for Senate. Let’s look at the highlights of her statements between 1999 and 2015 in a timeline:
December 1999: Clinton told a group of gay contributors at a fundraiser that she was against the “don’t ask, don’t tell” military policy signed by her husband.
The New York Times reported that Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson said she supported the Defense of Marriage Act but added that “same-sex unions should be recognized and that same-sex unions should be entitled to all the rights and privileges that every other American gets.”
January 2000: At a news conference in White Plains, Clinton said, “Marriage has got historic, religious and moral content that goes back to the beginning of time, and I think a marriage is as a marriage has always been, between a man and a woman. But I also believe that people in committed gay marriages, as they believe them to be, should be given rights under the law that recognize and respect their relationship.”
April 2000: Clinton again expressed support for civil unions. “I have supported the kind of rights and responsibilities that are being extended to gay couples in Vermont,” she said.
July 2004: Clinton spoke on the Senate floor against a proposed federal amendment to ban same-sex marriage. (The amendment ultimately failed.) Though she opposed it, she said that she believed that marriage was “a sacred bond between a man and a woman.”