Mike Pence

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Vice President of the United States

-- As governor of Indiana, Pence earned national notoriety for signing a so-called "religious freedom" bill that religious conservatives in his state (many of whom Pence invited to attend the private bill signing) championed for the purposes of allowing business owners the right to refuse service to LGBTQ customers. After outcry and boycotts, Pence was forced to sign an amended version that made it clear the law cannot be used to discrimination on basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

-- Said he and the President believe in ending the Obama administration's guidance on public schools allowing transgender students to use bathrooms and facilities that match their gender identity.

-- Supported anti-LGBTQ Federal Marriage Amendment with claims that being gay is a "chosen lifestyle," and a warning that "societal collapse was always brought about following an advent of the deterioration of marriage and family."

-- First ran for Congress on a platform that called on lawmakers to "oppose any effort to put gay and lesbian relationships on an equal legal status with heterosexual marriage," to "oppose any effort to recognize homosexuals as a ' and insular minority' entitled to the protection of anti-discrimination laws similar to those extended to women and ethnic minorities," and to "support the reauthorization of the Ryan White Care Act only after completion of an audit to ensure that federal dollars were no longer being given to organizations that celebrate and encourage the types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus." Pence called on these federal dollars to instead be "directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior."

-- Claimed repealing the military's discriminatory "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy would turn the Armed Forces into a "backdrop for social experimentation." Sought to end "Don't Ask Don't Tell" and restore a full ban on openly gay soldiers.

-- Claimed federal hate crimes legislation was really designed "to advance a radical social agenda."

-- Worried that LGBT-inclusive hate crime legislation would "silence" groups that promote so-called conversion therapy: "Finally, pro-homosexual activist groups such as the Human Rights Campaign have stated their belief that an ad campaign by pro-family groups showing that many former homosexual people had found happiness in a heterosexual lifestyle, contributed to the tragic 1998 murder of homosexual college student Matthew Shepard. There is no evidence that his killers even knew about the ads, and Shepard's killers told ABC's 20/20 that they were motivated by money and drugs. However, the danger here is that people use a hate crimes bill to silence the freedom of religious leaders to speak out against homosexuality."

-- Insisted "there's no question to mainstream homosexuality within active duty military would have an impact on unit cohesion would have an impact on recruitment, an impact on readiness…"

-- Signed on to a letter demanding a federal appointee be fired because of his "role in promoting homosexuality and pushing a pro-homosexual agenda in America's schools-an agenda that runs counter to the values that many parents desire to instill in their children."

-- Refers to undocumented immigrants as "criminal aliens."

-- Compared himself to Noah trying to stop the flood of marriage equality: “It's important that every American use whatever means is necessary. I feel a little like Noah. Everybody laughed at him when he was building his boat. People may not understand the urgency, but we need to build a firewall to defend marriage.”

Trump Accountability Project (TAP)