You might’ve thought, with his adherence to keeping gays from getting married because it feels like the right thing to do, that Donald Trump would be on track to scoring an endorsement from Bryan Fischer, the bobblehead of the garage band known as the American Family Association. But as it turns out, even Trump doesn’t hate gays enough for Fischer.
Scribbling on a napkin, Fischer wonders aloud:
I’ve got some questions for Trump on the issue of gay marriage and the homosexual agenda. Does he believe the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is constitutional? Does he believe President Obama violated his oath of office by refusing to defend this law in court? Does he support a federal marriage amendment that would define marriage as a one-man, one-woman institution and prohibit marriage counterfeits like civil unions and domestic partnerships? Would he reverse President Obama’s decision to grant certain spousal benefits to the sexual partners of homosexuals, contrary to DOMA? Would he support reinstatement of the ban on open homosexual service in the military? Would he veto the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) if it came to his desk? Would he sign a repeal of the Hate Crimes act, which will criminalize speech that is critical of homosexual behavior?
I’m further troubled, frankly, by Trump’s obsession with himself. I’ve rarely heard him speak more than two consecutive sentences without praising himself extravagantly in some way, and talking about how much money he made in this situation and that situation. He is utterly enamored with his own brilliance, shrewdness and cunning. The Proverbs say, “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth.” It’s time for a president who has some scintilla of humility about his own capacities, and Trump is clearly not that man. Quiet strength and confidence is one thing, preening arrogance quite another.
What if Trump promises to push for a constitution amendment banning gay marriage, but insists on naming it after himself — would that be enough of compromise?