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    Donald Trump: 10 Comments On Same-Sex Marriage

    Since Donald Trump looks like he likely will be the GOP nominee for president, let's take a look at where he stands on the issue of marriage for same-sex couples.


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    1. The Donald is definitely not shy about his opinion.

    "I'm not in favor of gay marriage," he said on Fox News.

    He made the same comment on NBC's "Meet the Press," saying, "I live in New York. New York is a place with lots of gays and I think it’s great, but I’m not in favor of gay marriage."

    2. Even though he has "so many fabulous" gay friends, Trump literally compared same-sex marriage to choosing the wrong kind of golf putter.

    "It’s like in golf. A lot of people — I don’t want this to sound trivial — but a lot of people are switching to these really long putters, very unattractive. It’s weird. You see these great players with these really long putters, because they can’t sink three-footers anymore. And, I hate it. I am a traditionalist. I have so many fabulous friends who happen to be gay, but I am a traditionalist," he said.

    3. And even though he's a "traditionalist," he's been married three times. What does he say to gay couples who question him on that?

    "I really don't say anything," Trump says. "I'm for traditional marriage."

    4. He says that same-sex marriage is not his "thing."

    "It's never been an argument that's been discussed with me very much. People know that it's not my thing one way or the other," Trump said.

    5. And that it doesn’t make him feel good, because that’s definitely what’s important. 

    “I just don’t feel good about it. I don’t feel right about it," he's said, referring to marriage equality. "And I take a lot of heat because I come from New York."

    6. He thinks that his support of traditional marriage is fair. 

    "I think I’m evolving, and I think I’m a very fair person, but I have been for traditional marriage. I am for traditional marriage, I am for a marriage between a man and a woman," he said.

    7. And that Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich shouldn’t have been criticized for his anti-gay comments.

     “They really hit him hard. I mean he left a job to take this job and they had a campaign against him and … I think it’s really unfair,” Trump said. “The president and just about everybody supported traditional marriage. … What they’ve done to this man is really life shattering and very unfair."

    8. And, he doesn’t think gay couples even deserve civil benefits.

     "No and no,” he said in 2011, referring to gay marriage and civil benefits.

    9. Which is a complete flip-flop from this previous interview where he said this:

     "I think it's important for gay couples who are committed to each other to not be hassled when it comes to inheritance, insurance benefits, and other simple everyday rights," he said, way back in 2000, apparently, devolving since then. 

    10. Trump once weighed in on Kim Davis:

    The GOP frontrunner said that the Kentucky clerk should not have been jailed, but same-sex marriage is the law. "You have to go with it. The decision's been made, and that is the law of the land."

    Bonus – 11. Surprisingly, he offered this support for amending the Civil Rights Act back in 2000, before flip-flopping eleven years later:

    "Amending the Civil Rights Act would grant the same protection to gay people that we give to other Americans—it's only fair," he said. He's since changed his mind, and now opposes being fair.


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    Now That He's Running For President, Let's Look At Jeb Bush's Worst Comments About Gay People

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    Now That He's Running For President, Let's Look At Ten Of Rick Santorum's Worst Anti-Gay Comments

    Here Are GOP Presidential Candidate Lindsey Graham's 10 Worst Anti-Gay Comments

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    Marco Rubio's Top 10 Anti-Gay Statements

    Rand Paul's Top 10 Anti-Gay Statements



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