While the nation’s top LGBT organizations were dismayed at the election of Donald Trump as president, the National Organization for Marriage is ecstatic. In an open letter to supporters posted on the organization’s blog, NOM President Brian Brown hailed Trump’s victory and committed to working with the new administration to advance the organization’s top priorities.
“We are confident that our voice and our views will be important in a Trump administration,” Brown wrote in the post, which was titled “The Plan.” “This is a bright and exciting time for NOM, and we are committed to taking full advantage of the opportunity we have.”
Specifically, Brown outlines four major priorities that NOM hopes to achieve under Trump:
“We’re excited about the future, and we are looking forward to work with the Trump administration to restore marriage, uphold gender, protect religious liberty and promote families,” Brown concluded.
Brown’s post was picked up by gay blogs, who ran screeching headlines warning of a possible reversal of LGBT rights under a Trump administration. But LGBT Republicans who are either supporting Trump or cautiously optimistic about a Trump presidency say there’s no evidence that he intends to roll back LGBT rights or that he supports any of NOM’s desired policies. Gregory T. Angelo, president of the Log Cabin Republicans, has said it would be hard for any individual to achieve the standing necessary to bring a lawsuit against marriage equality, let alone overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell.
Angelo also says that the First Amendment Defense Act is highly unlikely to pass through a Republican Congress, let alone make it to Trump’s desk to be signed into law.
“Log Cabin Republicans have lobbied against that, because it, much like the Equality Act, interestingly enough, is overly broad and could lead to unintended consequences,” says Angelo. He points to the fact that the National Organization for Marriage is the only organization still supporting the bill, as several other socially conservative groups, including the Family Research Council and the American Family Association, have pulled their support for FADA because of its overly broad language.
“I think a lot of the talk about religious liberty and the screaming from the Left about how Donald Trump was going to allow institutionalized discrimination is going to turn out to be another example of crying wolf,” adds Republican activist Christopher Barron.
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