By Trudy Ring
The Evangelicals for Trump coalition, launched at an event Friday night in Miami, is pretty much a who’s who of anti-LGBTQ extremists from the Christian right.
The group’s members have called being gay “filthy” and “immoral,” equated homosexuality with pedophilia and alcoholism, and blamed LGBTQ people for natural disasters, according to research compiled by GLAAD.
Donald Trump was surrounded by coalition members at the Miami event, at which he questioned the sincerity of gay presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s Christian faith. Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., has often spoken about his faith while seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. But Trump said of Buttigieg, an Episcopalian, “All of a sudden he has become extremely religious. This happened about two weeks ago.” The following day, Buttigieg responded to Trump’s statement by telling a journalist, “I’m pretty sure I’ve been a believer longer than he’s been a Republican,” The New York Times reports.
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