The Log Cabin Republicans endorsed President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s 2020 reelection bid on Friday, nearly four years after the conservative LGBT organization declined to endorse then-candidate Trump in 2016.
The group said its national board of directors voted to endorse Trump after consulting with its chapters across the country.
Log Cabin Republicans Chairman Robert Kabel and Vice Chairwoman Jill Homan argued in a Washington Post op-ed on Friday that Trump has helped remove LGBTQ rights as a wedge issue in the GOP, citing his administration’s policies on ending the spread of HIV/AIDS as well as his push to get other countries to conform to modern human rights standards.
The leaders also cited Trump’s appointment of Richard Grenell, who is openly gay, as U.S. ambassador to Germany.
“While we do not agree with every policy or platform position presented by the White House or the Republican Party, we share a commitment to individual responsibility, personal freedom and a strong national defense,” Kabel and Homan wrote.
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The move marks a reversal after the group refused to endorse Trump in 2016, citing him surrounding himself with advisers “with a record of opposing LGBT equality,” as well as his support of the First Amendment Defense Act, which would block the federal government from taking adverse action against people based on their beliefs about marriage.
The group said in 2016 that they would welcome the opportunity to work with him on LGBTQ issues.
While Trump has referred to himself as the “most pro-LGBT presidential nominee in the history of the Republican Party,” his commitment to the LGBTQ community has come under scrutiny.
The Trump administration formally reversed the Obama-era policy of allowing transgender individuals to openly serve in the armed forces and receive access to gender-affirming psychological and medical care earlier this year. The Log Cabin Republicans pressed the administration to reverse that ruling, saying that the move “weakened” U.S. readiness.
The president has also come under fire for the views of Vice President Pence, who has opposed legalizing same-sex marriage, citing his Christian faith.