On '60 Minutes,' Trump Says He's 'Fine' with Marriage Equality, Not Fine with Abortion Rights

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(EDGE) Millions of Americans finally got some insight into President-Elect Donald Trump's mind after winning the 2016 election last week.

In an interview with "60 Minutes" that aired Sunday, Trump seemed to walk back a few of his biggest campaign promises (deporting illegal immigrants, building a wall separating the U.S. from Mexico).

When reporter Leslie Stahl brought up LGBTQ rights, specifically marriage equality, Trump tried to put the community at ease when he said he "fine with" the landmark Supreme Court ruling from 2015, which made same-sex marriage legal across the country.

"Do you support marriage equality," Stahl asked Trump, who tried to avoid giving a direct answer about his personal views.

"It's irrelevant because it was already settled; it's law it was settled by the Supreme Court, I mean it's done," Trump responded.

Stahl then started asking, "So even if you appoint a judge that -" but was cut off by Trump.

"These cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They've been settled. And I'm-I'm fine with that," he said.

While Trump is "fine" with marriage equality, anti-LGBT groups, like the National Organization for Marriage, are ready to work with the president-elect on overturning same-sex marriage. Additionally, some members of Trump's transition team do not feel the same way about LGBTQ rights, including Ken Blackwell, who will oversee domestic issues and has said being gay is a choice.

Furthermore, vice president-elect Mike Pence has a terrible history with LGBT rights. He supports "religious liberty" laws, which could allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT people openly, and has backed conversion therapy.

In Trump's "60 Minutes" interview, he also discussed abortion rights, promising to name a Supreme Court judge who is against abortion rights and would help overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, returning the matter to the states. As The New York Times points out, when Stahl asked if women would have to leave their state to have an abortion, Trump said: "Well, they'll perhaps have to go - they'll have to go to another state."

Watch Trump talk about marriage equality on "60 Minutes" via Politico here.


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