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Donald Trump Doubles Down on Anti-Equality Agenda; Hires Anti-LGBTQ Rick Santorum

Oops, he did it again: Donald Trump once again doubled down on his anti-equality agenda, hiring notoriously anti-LGBTQ politician Rick Santorum as an adviser.

Santorum is infamous for his anti-LGBTQ positions, including his long-standing opposition to marriage equality, beginning with a push to ban same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania. During his 2016 presidential effort, he said that “restoring” marriage would be the most important thing he could do in his campaign.

Moreover, Santorum believes that sexual orientation is a choice, supports so-called “conversion therapy,” and opposes adoption by same-sex couples.

Trump has surrounded himself with anti-LGBTQ proponents, including Tony Perkins, Michele Bachmann, James Dobson and more.

Others who were named to the advisory council include Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, who earlier this year signed a legislative attack on LGBTQ college students into law. Brownback has also issued an executive order that encouraged discrimination against LGBT Kansans in the name of religion and rescinded non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ state employees.  

Also named to the advisory council were Reps. Andrew Harris, R-Md.; Steve Chabot, R-Ohio; Mike Kelly, R-Pa.; and Sean Duffy, R-Wis.; all of whom earned scores of zero percent on HRC’s Congressional Scorecard, which rates members of Congress on their support for LGBTQ equality.

Earlier this year, HRC released a video highlighting Santorum’s record on a number of LGBTQ issues including his opposition to non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people and his support for harmful “conversion therapy.” For more on Santorum’s anti-LGBTQ record, visit hrc.org/2016RepublicanFacts.

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