Secretary of Education
-- 2.28.17 - While meeting with leaders of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Secretary DeVos used tone-deaf language to describe HBCUs, saying "HBCUs are real pioneers when it comes to school choice."
-- 2.22.17 - Buckling under pressure from President Trump and Attorney General Sessions, Secretary DeVos allowed the Trump Administration to rollback Title IX protections for transgender students in our nation's schools.
Prior to Service
-- The DeVos family has funded anti-LGBTQ organizations ranging from Focus on the Family, which openly advocates for so-called "conversion therapy," to Bethany Christian Services, an adoption agency that excludes LGBTQ parents and advocates for laws that allow them to do so, and the Heritage Foundation, which strategizes against LGBTQ policy.
-- DeVos' father, Edgar Prince, is one of the founders of the Family Research Council, a viciously anti-LGBTQ organization.
-- Framed marriage equality as a "coarsening" driven by "coastal elites": There is one party that takes millions of dollars from celebrities and elites and in turn enthusiastically embraces their values, that chuckles at or cheers the destruction of our traditions and the coarsening of our culture, and that believes it is no big deal to redefine the most fundamental institution of mankind. But fortunately, there is another party in America that recognizes marriage between one man and one woman as an institution that was created not by man, but by God. That party will not be intimidated by the coastal elites in Hollywood or Boston. That party is not ashamed to stand up for marriage.
-- More on marriage: "Republicans support traditional marriage. We support marriage between one man and one woman because that is the way God set it up and because children need a mother and a father to love and care for them."
-- Advocated strongly for the passage of a ban on marriage equality in her home state of Michigan, contributing over $200,000 to the anti-LGBTQ campaign.
-- Bragged about her wealthy family's ability to buy influence within the Republican Party: "[M]y family is the largest single contributor of soft money to the national Republican party…. I have decided, however, to stop taking offense at the suggestion that we are buying influence. Now, I simply concede the point. We expect to foster a conservative governing philosophy consisting of limited government and respect for traditional American virtues. We expect a return on our investment; we expect a good and honest government. Furthermore, we expect the Republican party to use the money to promote these policies, and yes, to win elections."
-- Sat on the board of the anti-LGBTQ Acton Institute from 1995-2005.