Kaine: Trump Is No Friend of LGBT Community
Tim Kaine slammed Donald Trump on Saturday night, saying that he is no friend to the LGBT community.
The Hill reports:
“Donald Trump is no friend to this community, and he’s no friend to the value of equality,” Kaine said.
The Virginia senator asked the crowd if they believed Trump when he said he would support “the gays,” to loud shouts of “No!”
Kaine also took shots at Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R), and his role in passing a “religious freedom” law in his state that effectively allowed businesses to discriminate against gay people.
Kaine pointed out that Trump’s campaign page does not include a plan to support LGBT equality. He said he and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, would fight to get the federal Equality Act signed if elected.
“When America leads on LGBTQ equality, that matters worldwide,” he said.
On a more personal note, Kaine addressed how his own views on marriage equality have evolved.
He said that while he fought against discrimination in all forms when he began his life in politics, he viewed marriage as something separate, in line with his Catholic beliefs.
He told the crowd that his children helped him see the importance of marriage equality and that an effort in Virginia during his years as governor to define marriage as between a man and a woman in the state constitution spurred him to action.
Kaine even went so far as to predict that the Catholic Church would likewise change its stance toward gay marriage.
With less than 60 days until the general election, Kaine called on the LGBT community to mobilize against Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, and not forget some of his controversial statements as his campaign works to polish his rhetoric.
“It’s going to be a close election, and the LGBTQ vote in so many of our battleground states could be the difference between victory and defeat,” Kaine said.
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