Donald Trump couldn’t explain to a gay child why he opposes same-sex marriage.
The billionaire reality TV star is currently topping opinion polls for the Presidential nomination despite his shambolic campaign so far – claiming that Mexico is forcing “criminals, drug dealers and rapists” into the US, failing to explain why he believes in ‘traditional’ marriage despite being married three times, and mulling the return of anti-gay politician Sarah Palin.
The former ‘Apprentice’ star was asked this week what he would say to a child who asked about his opposition to same-sex marriage – and he indicated he would ignore the question.
In an interview with Bloomberg, he was asked: “If you had a son or daughter or grandchild who was gay or lesbian, how would you explain to them your opposition to same-sex marriage?”
Trump answered: “Well it’s the way it is. I wouldn’t speak to them at all about it, other than they are who they are and I want them to be happy and I will love them and I will cherish them.
He added: “I’ve gone to gay weddings… I’ve been at gay weddings. I have been against it from the standpoint of Bible, from the standpoint of my teachings as growing up and going to Sunday school and going to church and I’ve been opposed to it.
“We’ll just see how it all comes out – but if I was ever in that position I’d just have to explain it.”
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The billionaire previously opposed equal marriage because he “just don’t feel good about it” – but recently claimed that opposing equality is now a “dead issue”.
Interestingly, though Mr Trump has always publicly claimed to oppose equal marriage, his recent re-positioning on LGBT rights is in line with what some claim has always been his real private viewpoint.
Actor George Takei previously claimed that Trump had privately revealed he attended a same-sex wedding and found it ‘beautiful’ – which Trump only admitted publicly this month.
Trump also broke from the field to claim that employees should not be sacked based on sexuality – while not a single member of the Republican Party in Congress has backed a proposed Equality Act outlawing anti-LGBT discrimination.