While the vile bigotry against Muslims by the Republican Party’s contenders for the 2016 presidential nomination has been front and center of late, a gentle reminder: they’re still hating on equality and civil rights for the LGBT community too.
Last weekend, Marco Rubio promised that a President Rubio, concerned about folks being “compelled to sin by government,” would end rights for LGBT employees of federal contractors, would only appoint justices to the Supreme Court who would turn back the clock on abortion and gay marriage, and would protect all those God-fearing florists and bakers out there.
Ted Cruz recently assured a fellow hate-monger that the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality was “profoundly wrong,” “fundamentally illegitimate,” “lawless,” and “not based on the Constitution,” before pivoting to the “ridiculous” notion of transgender students and that they weren’t going to shower with his daughters. Because, uh, “it’s absurd!”
We also had Mike Huckabee wondering how someone could just “wake up one day” and decide he or she is transgender, and good ‘ole Ben Carson waxing poetic on the days of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” asking why people “have to go around flaunting your sexuality?” You get the idea.
No word recently on all this from Mr. Trump, but if he finds out that LGBT people can also be Muslim? Watch out!