Mike Pence might be scarier than Trump.The political climate in 2016 is wild. There's the good: The first female candidate of a major political party and the funniest SNL debate skit ever. Then there's the bad: Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Pence's stance on LGBTQ rights in America.
Even though Mike Pence is "just" a Vice Presidential candidate, it's critical to read up on his political past. Pence is the poster child for evangelical conservatives. Here are seven of the many, many instances of Pence's crusade against equal rights in America:
1. He served on the board of an anti-gay group in Indiana.Pence served on the Indiana Family Institute board, one of the loudest voices against gay rights in Indiana. Thanks to Pence and other Republicans, the IFI received funding for Indiana's "Health Marriage" program. The previous head of the IFI also served as Pence's campaign manager.
2. Pence was for Don't Ask, Don't Tell.He called the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell "some liberal domestic social agenda" and said:
Well, I would still have a problem with it because there is no question that to mainstream homosexuality within the active duty military would have an impact on unit cohesion, an impact on readiness, umm, that's been established and written about and chronicled for many, many years and I believe we need to continue to keep the focus of our military on the mission of the military. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was a compromise back in the early '90s. It's been a successful compromise. We ought to leave it like it is and not run the risk of impacting the readiness of our military–or recruitment for our military–because of an effort to advance some liberal, domestic, social agenda.
3. Pence signed a bill which allowed law enforcement to arrest gay couples who applied for marriage licenses.In 2013, Pence signed a bill which allowed law enforcement to arrest gay couples who applied for marriage licenses. In an erroneous attempt to "prove" the state wasn't singling out gay couples, the bill's language also granted officials the authority to arrest marriage clerks who issued licenses as well as any member of the clergy who performed a wedding ceremony.
4. He supported a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.In 2006, Pence and 100 Republican representatives supported a constitutional ban on marriage equality. He claimed the bill would prevent "societal collapse." Melodramatic much?
5. Mike Pence complained about the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes bill.When this bill was signed in 2009, Pence claimed it would have:
...a chilling effect on religious expression, from the pulpits, in our temples, in our mosques and in our churches.In reality, the bill did nothing but offer protection to members of the LGBTQ community.
6. His 2000 congressional campaign website.Pence's strong feelings against gay people accelerated his rise to the top. His 2000 campaign website promoted ignoring any bill that provided protections for the LGBTQ community.
7. He tried to use HIV prevention funds to endorse conversion therapy.Rather than saving people's lives, Pence thought diverting HIV prevention money to fund conversion therapy would kill two birds with one stone.
There you have it! Trump's right-hand man, fighting against equality in America since 1988. Remember to vote on November 8! Make it count! H/T: LGBTQ Nation, Vice