16 U.S. Politicians Who Are Anti-LGBTQ

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Let’s take a saunter down the not-so-rosy lane of U.S. politics, where some politicians still cling to outdated ideologies. Welcome to our hall of infamy, featuring 16 U.S. politicians who, despite the progress of the 21st century, remain firmly against the LGBTQ community.

Strap in, folks, because we’re about to peel back the veneer of political correctness and reveal some harsh truths. Remember, it’s not a roast but a toast to the free world’s unique paradoxes!

Mike Pence

Mike Pence
Vice President Michael Pence poses for his official portrait at The White House in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen) via Wikimedia Commons

According to the Human Rights Campaign, for decades, Mike Pence has relentlessly targeted the dignity and very existence of LGBTQ+ individuals.

His candidacy not only poses a risk to hard-won equality but also jeopardizes the rights of women, people of color, and the vision of a more equitable and democratic America. We must stand up against this threat and fight for a better future.

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum
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A two-term former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, Santorum has consistently opposed same-s@x marriage and has expressed support for conversion therapy.

According to CNN, in a controversial statement, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum once drew a parallel between homosexu@lity and besti@lity.

Michele Bachmann

Michele Bachmann
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This former Minnesota representative has quite a record of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, including claims that being LGBTQ is a form of “personal enslavement.”

According to Rolling Stone, Bachmann’s vigorous opposition to the LGBTQ+ community in Minnesota stemmed from a similar mindset. She boldly labeled the gay lifestyle as “bondage” and “personal enslavement,” perpetuating harmful stereotypes and limiting the freedom of individuals.

Sam Brownback

Sam Brownback
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As Kansas governor, Brownback rescinded established protections for state employees against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Tom Cotton

Tom Cotton
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The Arkansas senator suggested that LGBTQ people should consider themselves fortunate that they aren’t executed, like in Iran.

“I think it’s important we have a sense of perspective,” Cotton said. “In Iran, they hang you for the crime of being gay.”

Roy Moore

Roy Moore
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This Alabama politician has repeatedly spoken out against LGBTQ rights and was even removed from Alabama’s Supreme Court for his refusal to enforce the law on same-s@x marriage.

Ted Cruz

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The Senator from Texas has a consistent record of opposing legislation that would recognize or protect LGBTQ rights.

Jim Jordan

Jim Jordan
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This Representative from Ohio has consistently voted against LGBTQ protections, including the Equality Act.

Louie Gohmert

Louie Gohmert
United States Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) of Texas’s 1st congressional district via Wikimedia Commons

The former Texas congressman has frequently used absurd and offensive arguments to oppose LGBTQ rights.

Vox says in a jaw-dropping display on the floor of Congress, a House Republican unleashed a tirade against the LGBTQ+ community. Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas took his bizarre rambling to new heights with references to the Bible, the Founding Fathers, the extinction of dinosaurs, and even space colonies. He even questioned the possibility of same-sex couples being permitted on a space colony during an apocalyptic scenario.

Kay Ivey

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Alabama’s Republican Governor has come under fire for the staunch anti-LGBTQ laws she has enacted. Governor Kay Ivey signed into law a bill that banned transgender youth from participating in sports teams at the high school level.

This was an egregious attack on the rights of LGBTQ+ people, and it showed that Alabama’s leadership is still out of touch with public opinion and basic human decency.

Sally Kern

Sally Kern
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A former Oklahoma state lawmaker, Kern infamously proclaimed homosexu@lity to be more dangerous than terrorism.

Mike Lee

Mike Lee
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Utah Senator Mike Lee has consistently voted against LGBTQ+ rights and taken steps to dismantle the protections that already exist.

He even voted against an amendment that would protect LGBTQ+ people from discrimination in the workplace.

Vicky Hartzler

Vicky Hartzler
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The former Missouri representative has consistently opposed same-sex marriage and other LGBTQ rights.

According to The Daily Beast, the former Missouri Republican Rep. Vicky Hartzler couldn’t hold back tears as she passionately rallied her colleagues in Congress, urging them to vote against the groundbreaking protections for same-s@x marriage.

Marsha Blackburn

Marsha Blackburn
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The Tennessee senator has a long history of voting against LGBTQ rights. According to Teen Vogue, After Taylor Swift publicly declared her decision not to vote for Tennessee Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn, citing concerns about her voting record on LGBT issues, equal pay legislation, and legislation impacting people of color, Representative Blackburn fired back, reminding her constituents that she already enjoys substantial support.

Jim Justice

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Governor Jim Justice of West Virginia has come under fire for his opposition to LBGTQ rights. He signed a law prohibiting transgender girls and women from participating in school sports.

Justice also declared June “West Virginia Day of Prayer and Fasting for Natural Marriage, as if this weren’t enough.”

Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo
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The former Secretary of State has been an outspoken critic of same-sex marriage and has received endorsements from anti-LGBTQ groups.

Each of these politicians has, in their own way, contributed to the battle against LGBTQ rights, illustrating a clear and ongoing need for advocacy and awareness.

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