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Where the presidential candidates stand on LGBT issues


UNF is one of the top schools for LGBT students, and continuously supports bills like the expanded Human Rights Ordinance, which was presented last Spring by Jacksonville city councilman Tommy Hazouri.

The Human Rights Ordinance prohibits discrimination on housing, employment, and business. Hazouri’s bill would have added sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of the current ordinance, and though it did not pass, UNF continues to show support for the LGBT community through our LGBT Resource Center.

We at Spinnaker felt that a school that shows this kind of consistent support for the LGBT community should know where their presidential candidates stand with LGBT rights.

Donald Trump:

While Trump, the Republican nominee, does not have any stated policy for LGBT rights on his website, he has made comments regarding his beliefs in multiple speeches.

“Our nation stands together in solidarity with the members of Orlando’s LGBT community,” Trump said at a speech in Manchester, New Hampshire. “Ask yourself, who is really the friend of women and the LGBT community, Donald Trump with his actions, or Hillary Clinton with her words?”

During his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer Trump again mentioned his solidarity towards the LGBT community.

“As your president, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology. Believe me,” Trump said.

Despite these comments, the history of the Republican Party has been against marriage equality. Trump has openly stated he does not support nationwide marriage equality and when prompted, he said he would “strongly consider” appointing judges that would want to overturn same-sex marriage.

Hillary Clinton:

Clinton presents a comprehensive list of actions she plans to take for the LGBT community if elected president:

  1. Fight for full federal equality for LGBT Americans
  2. Support LGBT youth, parents, and elders
  3. Honor the military service of LGBT people
  4. Fight for an AIDS-free generation
  5. Protect transgender rights
  6. Promote human rights of LGBT people around the world

“There are still too many places where lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans are targeted for harassment and violence. There are still too many young people out there feeling hopeless and alone,” Clinton said at a Human Rights Campaign in Washington D.C. last year.

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    tobleroneNov 3, 2016 at 9:17 am

    I am encouraged with comments above…

    Only because people are starting to understand the ruse of “LGBT”…it is not scientific and anyone who disagrees…is yelled at until they bow to the “immoral majority”….


    So are you born that way?…or is it a choice?



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    bohmOct 18, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Hillary will lie about everything to be the next POTUS. How could one believe her stance on the LGBT community? Look at what Wikileaks is uncovering about who she really is. She has a very dark cloud of multiple scandles hovering over her. All of her lies don’t add up.

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    comptheoryblogOct 17, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    The author forgets the history of the Democratic party, including both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama who up until 2012 were opposed to gay marital rights. See this clip of Hillary running for Senate in New York: https://youtu.be/fZkK2_6H9MM

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    Chris BarkerOct 17, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    This is pretty humorous, considering the fact that KKKlinton receives campaign money from countries that throw homosexuals off of roof tops and stone them to death.

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    J Scott BarnardOct 17, 2016 at 11:34 am

    The problem with Hillary’s support for the LGBT community is that it is cynical and political. When it was unpopular, she didn’t support gay marriage. As soon as she saw that it was safe, she supported gay marriage. If you’re voting for Hillary because she’s the lesser of two evils, I’d understand.

    But don’t rush to vote for her as if she’s been a pillar of support for the LGBT community because she has not. (https://youtu.be/6I1-r1YgK9I) (https://youtu.be/fZkK2_6H9MM) See for yourself.

    Audrey says, “the history of the Republican Party has been against marriage equality” but doesn’t discuss the history of the Democratic Party, including its present leader Barack Obama who also opposed gay marriage. Isn’t that “history,” Audrey? (https://youtu.be/N6K9dS9wl7U)