Mike Pence’s anti-LGBT record

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By D’ANNE WITKOWSKI

Was any­one re­ally sur­prised that Don­ald Trump picked In­di­ana Gov­er­nor Mike Pence as his co-cap­tain for the most ter­ri­fy­ing boat ride since the Ti­tanic?

Pence may be best known for sign­ing In­di­ana’s “just say no to gays” law, the in­ten­tion of which was to give anti-gay big­ots free reign to dis­crim­i­nate against LGBT peo­ple so long as their dis­crim­i­na­tion stemmed from a deeply held re­li­gious be­lief. In other words, if a baker doesn’t want to make a cake for some kind of homo wed­ding he just needs to point out that “God hates fags” and he’s in the clear. As God in­tended.

Ah, but Pence’s anti-gay record is much longer than just some silly lit­tle dis­crim­i­na­tion law that brought scorn heaped upon his state and re­sulted in a loss of mil­lions of dol­lars. In 2006 as a sen­a­tor, Pence sup­ported amend­ing the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion to ban mar­riage equal­ity. He said let­ting same-sex cou­ples marry would bring upon “so­ci­etal col­lapse.” Clearly he was fore­shad­ow­ing a Trump-Pence pres­i­den­tial run.

He was also against the Em­ploy­ment NonDis­crim­i­na­tion Act, claim­ing in 2007, “By ex­tend­ing the reach of fed­eral law to cover sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, em­ploy­ment dis­crim­i­na­tion pro­tec­tions, in ef­fect, can wage war on the free ex­er­cise of re­li­gion in the work­place.” Be­cause, you know, pro­tect­ing LGBT peo­ple from dis­crim­i­na­tion is to­tally com­pa­ra­ble to the hor­rors of war.

And speak­ing of war, Pence didn’t want any ho­mos in the mil­i­tary be­cause they would try to touch other pri­vates’ pri­vates.

Oh, and speak­ing of the un­con­trol­lable sex­ual per­ver­sions of gays, Pence thought that money for HIV/AIDS would be much bet­ter spent on anti-gay con­ver­sion ther­apy. Be­cause if you stop all those gays from be­ing gay it’ll stop this gay dis­ease.

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