LGBTQ Community concerned with rights under Trump administration

LGBTQ Community concerned about losing rights

Fears flood the LGBTQ community, terrified what a Trump administration could mean for the progress they've made toward equality. Could the 2016 Election results roll back their rights?

"Every gay person I know does not feel safe at all. We feel like this could really hurt us," says Anne Glover from St. Pete.

Glover and Renee Celli have been together for two decades and have been married now for two years.

“I don't know, I'm just worried,” says Glover.

The couple fears President-elect Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress could reverse progress that's been made, from gay marriage rights to bathroom choice for transgender people.

“I'm really worried that that platform that's been baked into the Republican platform about gay rights and dispensing with them, it's there and real,” Glover says.

The President can't overturn the Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage by himself, but can appoint more conservative justices, which he indicated earlier this year he'd consider.

Mr. Trump could try to reverse some Obama administration rulings like federal benefits for same-sex couples.

Here's what he had to say at the Republican National Convention in July.  “I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology,” says Trump.

But Vice President-elect Mike Pence has promised he'll work to abolish legislation against Christian beliefs.

“It's a scary time for all of us,” says Equality Florida CEO Nadine Smith.

Smith's been trying to ease concerns flooding into Equality Florida and unite all voters.

“The message that we have from lawyers is marriages that exist right now are safe, but we’ll have to see how all of that unfolds,” Smith says.  “A lot of us are wearing safety pins, ‘Safety blue.  I'm with you.’  This is a way of saying we're not going to stand by and let that happen.  I still have faith that the American people support inclusion and diversity,” Smith says.

Here's a post from Equality Florida's Facebook page:

"In response to some inquiries from people who are afraid their marriages might be invalidated with a Trump administration, please see the note below from our friends at The National Center for Lesbian Rights:

There is no realistic possibility that anyone’s marriage will be invalidated. The law is very strong that if a marriage is valid when entered, it cannot be invalidated by any subsequent change in the law. So people who are already married should not be concerned that their marriages can be taken away. To the contrary, it is important that they continue to live their lives as married couples.

Looking forward for individuals who are not currently married but who may wish to marry in the future, we also think it is highly unlikely that the fundamental right of same-sex couples to marry will be challenged or that the Supreme Court would revisit its 2015 holding that same-sex couples have that fundamental right. The doctrine of stare decisis—which means that courts generally will respect and follow their own prior rulings—is also very strong, and the Supreme Court very rarely overturns an important constitutional ruling so soon after issuing it. In addition, while the new administration is very conservative, neither Donald Trump nor anyone associated with his campaign has indicated any serious or immediate intention to try to turn back the clock on the freedom to marry, and the great majority of Americans now strongly support marriage equality."

The National Organization for Marriage is outlining the group's plan to work to overturn LGBT rights and marriage equality, CLICK HERE to read the plan.


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