LGBT activist group GLAAD is lashing out at the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States.
GLAAD, formerly known as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, posts on its website, “Donald Trump sits atop the most hateful Republican platform in history, one that sorely endangers the most fundamental American values of fairness and equality for all.”
The group continues:
America stands tallest when it stands firmly in its founding principle that all people are created equal. With the election behind him, President-elect Trump must now rise above divisive politics and side with the vast majority of Americans who demand equality for their LGBTQ friends, family, and neighbors. While disappointed, we are certainly not defeated; the pursuit of full acceptance will continue until everyone, no matter who they are or who they love, can simply live the life they love.
The 2016 Republican Party platform says about marriage:
The American family is the foundation of civil society and the cornerstone is marriage, the union of one man and one woman…we do not accept the Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage and we urge its reversal, whether through judicial reconsideration or a constitutional amendment returning control over marriage to the States.
“We condemn the Supreme Court’s ruling in United States v. Windsor, which wrongfully removed the ability of Congress to define marriage policy in federal law,” the platform adds, continuing:
We also condemn the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which in the words of the late Justice Antonin Scalia was a “judicial Putsch”—“full of silly extravagances”—that “reduced the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Story to the mythical aphorisms of a fortune cookie.” In Obergefell, five unelected lawyers robbed 320 million Americans of their legitimate constitutional authority to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The Court twisted the meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment beyond recognition. To echo Scalia, we dissent.
“We therefore support the appointment of Justices and judges who respect the constitutional limits on their power and respect the authority of the states to decide such fundamental social questions,” the platform reads.
In announcing his expanded list of potential Supreme Court appointees in September, Trump said in a press release:
We have a very clear choice in this election. The freedoms we cherish and the constitutional values and principles our country was founded on are in jeopardy. The responsibility is greater than ever to protect and uphold these freedoms and I will appoint justices, who like Justice Scalia, will protect our liberty with the highest regard for the Constitution.
“This list is definitive and I will choose only from it in picking future Justices of the United States Supreme Court,” Trump said.