Despite the fact that the Trump administration has only tried to block citizenship for children of same-sex parents, Trump’s press secretary claims the policy has nothing to do with anti-LGBTQ discrimination.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany says the Trump administration’s attempts to ban U.S. citizenship from same-sex couples’ children born overseas via surrogacy has “nothing to do with the sexual orientation of the parents.” The Trump State Dept. has only worked to block citizenship of these children when American same-sex couples are the parents.
“A federal judge in Georgia last week was the latest to rule against the administration … denying gay couples citizenship for their children born overseas by a surrogate,” The Washington Blade’s Chris Johnson told McEnany.
“So that pertains to surrogacy and had nothing to do with the sexual orientation of the parents,” McEnany, reading from prepared remarks, replied.
“And this administration and president will proudly stand on a record of achievements, like India, leading a global initiative to end the criminalization of homosexuality throughout the world, launching a plan to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, and easing a ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.”
“A federal judge has ruled the interpretation of that law is not correct and that there’s statutory and constitutional concerns,” Johnson countered, before the press secretary, who has a history of anti-LGBTQ comments, interjected.
The “global initiative to end the criminalization of homosexuality” has accomplished nothing because it does not exist; “launching a plan” is not implementing a plan or seeing success, neither of which the administration has done. And “easing a ban on blood donations” was done only because of the coronavirus pandemic. And it did not end the ban.
Kayleigh McEnany again tried to paint the Trump admin as pro-LGBTQ+ when challenged on a recent anti-LGBTQ+ policy pic.twitter.com/pPZ3ArMnZ5— NowThis (@nowthisnews) August 31, 2020
Written by David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement. Image via NCRM.