Changes won’t come immediately, but Vice President-elect Mike Pence is promising that some of the laws he believes are anti-Christian will be repealed as soon as possible. In a recent interview, Pence restated his commitment to abolishing birth control mandates and bathroom choice protection for Transgender people.
Mike Pence has also been clear that he would like to defund Planned Parenthood, and overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision legalizing abortion, says LifeNews. Pence claims that along with Donald Trump, he will uphold the Hyde Amendment that prevents taxpayer dollars to be used for things that are “morally objectionable.”
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— Maggie McGrath (@mcgrathmag) November 9, 2016
In an interview with Dr. James Dobson, Mike Pence made it clear that if elected, that President Obama’s transgender bathroom policy and birth control mandate would both be abolished, says The Christian Post. Pence says that before everything else, he is a Christian, and this legislation is against his beliefs.
“I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican … in that order.”
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Pence went on to explain what that means to him.
“The Trump-Pence administration will be dedicated to preserving the liberties of our people, including the freedom of religion that’s enshrined in our Bill of Rights.”
The birth control mandate requires employers to provide employees with health insurance that provides some form of birth control. But Pence says about transgender bathroom policies, Washington should not step in the way of good sense by providing bathroom choice protections.
“Washington has no business intruding on the operation of our local schools.”
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But Dr. James Dobson said, as a spokesman for the Family Research Council, while he endorsed Trump and Pence, he believes Donald Trump has a long way to go to prove himself a Christian.
“Trump appears to be a baby Christian who doesn’t have a clue about evangelicals.”
Think Progress says this is just the beginning, and that Pence will hold Donald Trump to his promises to eradicate any and all pro-LGBT legislation that was passed during the Obama presidency. This would include appointing a new justice to the Supreme Court who would want to overturn marriage equality and deny protections to the same.
Many people believe that in choosing Mike Pence, Donald Trump threw a gift the way of the Christian right.
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Nick Duffy of PinkNews says that with Republican majorities in the legislature and executive branch of government, pro-LGBT Democrats will have little chance to protect the legislation passed by President Obama. And not only would sexual preference not be protected, Duffy says that Donald Trump has vowed to allow discrimination on these grounds on the basis of religion.
“Also significantly, President-elect Trump has pledged to sign the Republican-backed First Amendment Defense Act, a law that would permit forms of anti-LGBT discrimination on the grounds of religion.”
But there are groups in place that vow to fight back against this change in policy. Chad Griffin of the Human Rights Campaign is among the people poised for a fight.
“This is a crucial moment for our nation and for the LGBTQ movement. The election of a man who stands opposed to our most fundamental values has left us all stunned. There will be time to analyze the results of this election, but we cannot afford to dwell. We must meet these challenges head on.”
Donald Trump will take office in January.
Do you believe that these changes that Mike Pence supports will be made?
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