Donald Trump is the star (for good AND bad reasons) of the current Republican presidential candidacy race. He’s conservative, he’s loud, he’s not afraid to speak his mind – but what does he think about the LGBT community? We’ve collected some quotes.
1. He compared gay marriage to “very unattractive golf putters”
“It’s like in golf. A lot of people — I don’t want this to sound trivial — but a lot of people are switching to these really long putters, very unattractive. It’s weird. You see these great players with these really long putters, because they can’t sink three-footers anymore. And, I hate it. I am a traditionalist. I have so many fabulous friends who happen to be gay, but I am a traditionalist.” (New York Times, 2011)
2. He thinks it’s great there are lots of gays in New York (just don’t let them marry)
“I live in New York. New York is a place with lots of gays, and I think it’s great but I’m not in favour of gay marriage.” (Fox News, 2012)
3. He attends gay weddings (maybe he likes the food) – but the Bible tells him they’re wrong
“I’ve gone to gay weddings. I’ve been at gay weddings. I have been against [same-sex marriage] from the standpoint of the Bible, from the standpoint of my teachings as growing up and going to Sunday school and going to church, and I’ve been opposed to it, and we’ll just see how it all comes out.” (Bloomberg, 2015)
4. He says he’s “traditional”, which is why he’s against gay marriage. So this is how he tried to explain “What’s traditional about being married three times?” –
5. Regarding Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples – he thinks she has to obey the law (just don’t arrest her for it)
“I hate to see her being put in jail. But You have to go with it. The decision’s been made, and that is the law of the land” (MSNBC, 2015)
6. And recently, due to the Supreme Court’s decision, Trump called gay marriage a “dead issue”. Should we cheer?