If last night’s Republican debate proved anything, it’s that the GOP seems to be divided on nearly every issue, except that they hate Obama. It also showed, that despite lots of LGBT progress this year, our community is still the target of top-down hate. While not everyone was asked about their beliefs concerning LGBT people, John Kasich’s response to how he would react if his daughter were gay, has drawn both praise and criticism from those in the community (see moment number 2).
We broke down the three times gays, lesbians, and trans* people were mentioned during the two-hour circus.
1) Mike Huckabee on transgender men and women in the military.
The military is not a social experiment. The purpose of the military is to kill people and break things. It’s not to transform the culture by trying out some ideas that some people think would make us a different country and more diverse. The purpose is to protect America. I’m not sure how paying for transgender surgery for soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines makes our country safer.
2) John Kasich on if he’d still love his daughter if she were a lesbian
Well, look, I’m an old-fashioned person here and I happen to believe in traditional marriage but I’ve said the court has ruled and I said we’ll accept it. And guess what? I just went to a wedding of a friend of mine who happens to be gay. Because somebody doesn’t think the way I do, doesn’t mean I can’t care about them or love them. If one of my daughters happened to be that, of course I would love them and accept them because you know what? That’s what we’re taught when we have strong faith. So issues like that, issues like that are planted to divide us. I think the simple fact of the matter is, and this is where I would agree with Jeb and i’ve been saying it all along. We need to give everybody a chance, treat everybody with respect, and let them share in this great American dream that we have, Megyn. I’m going to love my daughters. I’m going to love them no matter what they do. You know what? God gives me unconditional love. I’m going to give to it my family and my friends and the people around me.
3) Rand Paul on religious freedom acts
Look I don’t want my marriage or my guns registered in Washington. And if people have an opinion that’s a religious opinion that’s heartly felt obviously they should be able to practice that and no government should interfere with them.” Paul then turned to the ongoing controversy over Houston’s LGBT non-discrimination ordinance: What got to me was the thing in Houston where you had the mayor actually trying to get the sermons of ministers. When the government tries to invade the church and force its own opinion on marriage, that’s when it’s time to resist.