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LGBT Hoosiers Worry About Trump/Pence Administration

Advocates for the LGBT community are worried the Trump/Pence administration will set the clock back on LGBT rights. (Geralt/Pixabay)
Advocates for the LGBT community are worried the Trump/Pence administration will set the clock back on LGBT rights. (Geralt/Pixabay)
November 14, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS – There could be some trouble for LGBT rights during Donald Trump’s presidency.

President-elect Trump has said he would like to overturn national same-sex marriage rights.

As Indiana's governor, Mike Pence, now the vice president-elect, championed what some saw as extreme anti-LGBT measures.

According to Hayley Gorenberg, deputy legal director and general counsel at Lambda Legal, there are concerns that some strong executive orders and guidances affecting LGBT rights in schools and employment could be vulnerable, but she says eliminating them would not change laws.

"Many of them are based in the cases that we have won, and that our sister organizations have won,” she points out. “They are interpretations and explanations to make the government work more fairly according to federal law."

Gorenberg adds that since its founding in 1973, Lambda Legal has seen continued progress in securing LGBT rights, even during hostile administrations.

During the campaign, Trump said he would consider appointing a Supreme Court justice who is willing to overturn the ruling recognizing same-sex marriage as a right nationwide.

But Gorenberg points out that the late Antonin Scalia, the justice whose seat is now vacant, voted against that ruling.

"This resounding marriage equality victory that we won in the Obergefell case was secured, even with the presence of Justice Scalia on the court," she points out.

Gorenberg adds that same-sex marriage rights now have broad popular support.

But she acknowledges there may be battles ahead. Besides opposition to same-sex marriage, this year's Republican Party platform supports state laws limiting transgender bathroom rights, and so-called conversion therapy for gay and transgender youth.

"We have to take the long view and remember back from when we started that this has never been easy, and we still made our path forward,” Gorenberg states. “And we're absolutely committed to making sure that that will continue."


Veronica Carter, Public News Service - IN