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Catholics for Trump Coalition Loaded With Anti-LGBTQ Extremists

Apr 7, 2020

By Trudy Ring

Anti-LGBTQ activists are well-represented in Catholics for Trump, a coalition supporting Donald Trump’s reelection as president that launched Thursday night with an online event.

Cochairs of the coalition’s advisory board include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, long noted for hostility to LGBTQ rights. Members of the board include another former congressman, Tim Huelskamp, who has called marriage equality a “legal fiction”; Marjorie Dannenfelser, who has worked with Mike Pence on “religious freedom” policies allowing discrimination in health care; and Sean Fieler, who has called same-sex relationships unstable and said that being transgender “can never be normalized.”

The livestreamed online launch event, which was set to be a gathering in Milwaukee until the COVID-19 pandemic made large in-person events inadvisable, emphasized Trump’s stated anti-abortion stance, appointment of conservative judges, and support for those “religious freedom” policies, which are aimed at accommodating opposition to abortion and contraception as well as opposition to LGBTQ equality — positions that often go hand in hand.

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