(OFO) Exit polling done by the New York Times reveals just how much of the queer vote Donald Trump was able to capture.
According to the poll, which canvassed over 24,000 voters leaving 350 different voting places, the Republican nominee wound up with 14 percent of the queer vote, down from 48 percent of queer voters who chose Mitt Romney over Obama in 2012.
Previous reports suggested that Trump claimed up to 20 percent of the queer vote, however.
Though Trump also vowed to uphold “religious liberty” legislation and appoint Supreme Court justices “in the mold of Justice Antonin Scalia,” he was hailed by gay GOPers as “the most LGBT-friendly Republican candidate for president in history.”
While that may be true, we sure aren’t sitting easy with the election, especially with Mike Pence as his secondhand man.
During his reign of Governor, Pence successfully established a religious freedom bill that allowed businesses to discriminate against queer people. A self-described “Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order,” the former member of Congress was a prominent conservative figure in battles over marriage equality and equal rights in the last decade.
In 2006, as head of the Republican Study Committee, a group of the 100 most-conservative House members, Pence rose in support of a constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman. Citing a Harvard researcher, Pence said in his speech, “societal collapse was always brought about following an advent of the deterioration of marriage and family.” Pence also called being gay a choice and said keeping gays from marrying was not discrimination, but an enforcement of “God’s idea.”
He opposed the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. He rejected the Obama administration directive on transgender bathrooms. He refused to adopt needle exchanges in the state, allowing HIV to escalate at an alarming rate as 20 new cases of HIV were being diagnosed each week in one County.
This shows queers that our community is huge. It is filled with different people, living different lives. And as a community we must respect that. Quit pointing blame and work with those that you disagree with. After all, we live in a democracy.