Trump retains LGBT State Department official, frustrating Christian conservatives

That decision came with a gay friendly statement from the White House. And while Trump has accepted gay marriage as the law of the land, LGBT leaders have little faith in Vice President Mike Pence, a conservative Christian who opposed gay marriage and championed a “religious freedom” law when he was governor of Indiana that was widely criticized as anti-gay. Foreign Policy magazine, which first reported the administration’s decision on Berry, described gay leaders as “stunned” by the move and predicted anger on the part of social conservatives. nominee to mention the L.G.B.T.Q. “President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of L.G.B.T.Q. The conservative Family Research Council had made removing such “activists” a priority and as recently as December called on the State Department to rid itself of employees that promote an “anti-family, anti-life agenda.”
Tony Perkins, head of the council, and a prominent evangelical backer of Trump, called the news that Berry was staying on “a disappointing development.” In a statement on Tuesday (Feb. Conservative Christians in particular cheered his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and his promised “fix” for the Johnson Amendment, which restricts pastors ability to politick in the pulpit. Those reassurances have been tempered, however, by indications that Trump officials will take a different tack than the Obama administration and lend their support — or at least not stand in the way of — states’ “bathroom” bills, which require transgender people to use the bathroom of their gender at birth, as opposed to the gender with which they identify. community in his nomination acceptance speech, pledging then to protect the community from violence and oppression.”
The State Department decision on Berry this week came with a similar assurance that the Trump administration will not tolerate discrimination against gays. “The president is proud to have been the first ever G.O.P. After criticism from the business community, Pence signed an amendment to the law intended to protect gays and lesbians. rights, just as he was throughout the election,” the statement said. 14) he said the administration should focus on battling “Christian persecution and genocide” rather than promoting gay rights. The State Department announced Monday (Feb. special envoy for the rights of LGBTI persons, is shown at a gay pride rally in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in June 2015. In 2014, the Obama administration created Berry’s position to support efforts abroad to protect gay people from violence and death. Randy Berry, the first U.S. is supporting activists worldwide but recognizes the risks they face in many countries. Berry says the U.S. “I don’t think I can applaud it until I see what his mandate becomes in this administration.”
  “Keeping Berry only signals to the world that the extreme agenda of the Obama years is still deeply entrenched in the State Department,” Perkins concluded. They chafed after Trump last month decided to retain protections for LGBT federal workers, protections also put in place under Obama. “Does Donald Trump wish to continue funding America’s culture war mercenaries abroad?” he wrote. Rod Dreher, an Orthodox Christian and writer at “The American Conservative,” said the Berry announcement should cause religious conservatives to question their allegiance to Trump. 13) that it would retain Randy Berry, the Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons. State Department
(RNS) President for less than a month, Donald Trump has come through for the overwhelming numbers of religious conservatives who helped put him in office — but not so much on LGBT issues. “This is really surprising to me,” Ross Murray, the director of programs at GLAAD, a pro-LGBT group, told FP. But for the second time since his inauguration, Trump has decided to retain an Obama-era initiative to protect sexual minorities. “The signs do not look good … At some point, I’m betting that conservative Christians are going to wake up and realize that they’ve been played for chumps.”
The retention of Berry was the second blow to religious conservatives on LGBT issues. Photo courtesy U.S.