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Presidential candidate Donald Trump is not shy about sharing his views on same sex marriage. On Sunday, January 31, in an interview with Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace, Trump revealed that he disagrees with the legalization of same-sex marriage and went on to say, “It has been ruled upon. It has been there. If I’m elected, I would be very strong in putting certain judges on the bench that maybe could change things, but they have a long way to go.” To clarify the statement, Wallace followed with, “Are you saying that if you become President you might try to appoint justices to overrule the decision on same-sex marriage?” in which the Republican candidate answered, “I would strongly consider that, yes.”
Donald Trump has stated that he opposes same sex marriage because he is a “traditional guy” that wants to, “preserve and protect our religious liberty” but at one time he supported domestic partnerships and later said he opposed such civil unions. Although his exact plan of action against same sex marriage is unclear, Trump has made it clear that he does not agree with the Supreme Court’s ruling. The thing is, Trump’s position concerning discrimination against the LGBT community appears mixed even though he has addressed the topic several times in various interviews. Back in 2000 during an interview with The Advocate, an American LGBT-interest magazine, the candidate said “I like the idea of amending the Civil Rights Act to include a ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation” but later expressed support for FADA which may encourage discrimination against the LGBT community.
Where do you stand?
Everyone’s opinions are their own and each individual is entitled to that opinion. Some believe marriage should be between a man and a woman while others think that equal rights are only right. Whatever side you’re on, Trump is appealing to conservative voters, especially those in Iowa most recently. A Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll showed him leading the race by 5 points which encouraged him to drive more registered voters to participate. Despite his efforts, Ted Cruz won the Iowa caucus with 27.6% while Trump came in second at 24.3%.