Showing posts with label US Vice President. Show all posts
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December 3, 2018

Mile Pence Seems to Hate AIDS and The One Affected By It {There Was a President Who Would Not Mention AIDS and delay Treatment for a Year

YES PAPI GIVE ME YOUR LOVE and show me your empty heart full of dogma and ideas of Christ who Love us and gives you love to love us. In The Case of the of the Catholic church and contrary to it who hates the Sin but not the Sinner, Pence hates AIDS and the Homosexual but how about the one with AIDS and Heterosexual?? Adam๐ŸฆŠ

Yesterday, in a speech given in advance of World AIDS Day, Vice President Mike Pence didn’t bother mentioning LGBTQ victims of the epidemic. Given what we know of Pence and his anti-gay Christian values, we can’t even call that hypocrisy, much less an oversight. It’s right in line with his character.
The neglect, however, is worth bringing up since conservatives and faith-based groups were the ones who looked the other way while LGBTQ people suffered.
Pink News reports:
Thousands of men who have sex with men lost their lives in the AIDS crisis, with homophobic stigma fuelling social and political rejection on the issue.
Pence failed to wear an AIDS ribbon for the speech and also failed to mention gay people or homophobia.
Instead, Pence recalled stories of straight people who contracted HIV/AIDS from contaminated blood and other sources.
Pence also pledged new funding to “faith-based organisations” who he claims are on “the frontline against HIV/AIDS.”
That makes as much sense as a future headline all about how evangelicals led the way in the struggle to achieve civil rights for LGBTQ people. They were, historically speaking, the obstacle, no matter what they’re doing about it now. 
It’s not the first time that Pence has made a mess of HIV prevention activism: As a congressman back in 2002, Pence condemned condom use as a means to prevent STDs, claiming they were in fact “poor protection,” a statement that contradicts virtually every study on the subject. He also insisted that abstinence was the best means of HIV prevention… which, while technically true, avoided reality. (You can also avoid gun violence by never leaving your bedroom. That doesn’t make it good advice.)
As governor of Indiana, Pence also cut funding for HIV testing and banned needle exchanges, resulting in a predictable — and highly preventable — HIV/AIDS outbreak: the largest in the state’s history.
But what else would you expect when toxic ideology is held to be more important than the facts?
(Image via Shutterstock)

By Patheos



September 26, 2018

Mike Pence FIRST VP to Speak at Anti Gay Group's Values Summit








Vice President Mike Pence over the weekend addressed the annual Values Voter Summit, a conference hosted by Christian activist group Family Research Council, which is designated an “anti-LGBT hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Pence is the first vice president to address the group’s yearly event, and last year President Donald Trump became the first sitting president to do so.
According to the Family Research Council’s website, the Values Voter Summit was created in 2006 to “provide a forum to help inform and mobilize citizens across America to preserve the bedrock values of traditional marriage, religious liberty, the sanctity of life and limited government that make our nation strong.”
In his address on Saturday, Pence checked off Trump’s deliveries to his evangelical Christian supporters, saying Trump took efforts to “protect the religious liberty of everyone.” He then looked forward to the 2018 elections and predicted that Republicans would retain control of Congress. “I know in my heart of hearts we will deliver another historic victory,” Pence told the attendees.
Pence spoke immediately after a panel titled “How Gender Ideology Harms Children,” which included Dr. Michelle Cretella from the American College of Pediatricians. The ACP, also designated an “anti-LGBT hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, uses its name — nearly identical to the mainstream medical association the American Academy of Pediatrics — to obfuscate the fact that it pushes extreme views regarding the transgender community. The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) last year issued a scathing response to an article Cretella wrote, titled: “I’m a Pediatrician. How Transgender Ideology Has Infiltrated My Field and Produced Large-Scale Child Abuse,” saying it pushes “political and ideological agendas not based on science and facts.” 
Other speakers at this weekend’s Values Voter Summit included Seb Gorka, the former presidential adviser who applauded Trump’s trans military ban; Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips, who won a narrow Supreme Court victory in June after refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding; and “Activist Mommy” blogger Elizabeth Johnston, who has defended the medically debunked practice of so-called gay conversion therapy.
Aside from Pence, several other Republican officials and lawmakers were also in attendance, including Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
One of the arguably more surprising guests to address the conference was “Superman” actor Dean Cain. Cain, who has claimed to be an LGBTQ-rights supporter, told gay blog Towleroad he was attending solely to promote his film “Gosnell,” a biopic about abortion doctor and convicted child murderer Kermit Gosnell.
The Family Research Council has been an opponent of LGBTQ rights since its founding in 1983. Since 1992, FRC’s lobbying arm, FRC Action, has fought legislation seeking to expand the rights of sexual and gender minorities, and its leaders have consistently compared gays to pedophiles and painted them as a risk to children. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the FRC uses “policy experts” to “make the case that the LGBT community is a threat to American society.” 
Trump, who attended the Values Voter Summit last year, promised to support the LGBTQ community during his 2016 campaign and was the first Republican presidential nominee to mention LGBTQ people from the dais of a GOP convention, saying in 2016, “I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful, foreign ideology,” raising the specter of Islamist violence against LGBTQ people while ignoring allied groups like the Family Research Council.
Since becoming president, however, Trump has done much to roll back protections for LGBTQ Americans. His State Department has removed a section about violence and discrimination against LGBTQ people from its annual human rights report, his Justice Department rescinded Obama-era guidance instructing public officers to interpret sexuality and gender discrimination under federal prohibitions on sex discrimination, and he twice failed to celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month. Trump also tried to bar transgender people from joining the military, an effort currently tied up in court. 
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President Trump misses LGBTQ Pride Month — again 

The Human Rights Campaign, a national LGBTQ advocacy group, denounced the Values Voter Conference and its conversion-therapy-promoting attendees, saying those “peddling this sort of junk science are doing enormous harm to LGBTQ people and LGBTQ kids.”
“Once again, Mike Pence has made clear that he stands with many organizations and leaders who promote hate and fear,” HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy said. “We know those are not true American values.” 

August 24, 2018

Only Trump Will Give us A Vice President As Bad as He Is- Meet V.P.Pence


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[, USA TODAY]
Democrats may not like President Donald Trump, but do they want the alternative?
“That is probably what we hear most from Democrats,” said Kevin Mack, lead strategist for the “Need to Impeach” President Donald Trump campaign. " 'Well, if we get rid of Trump, then we end up with (Mike) Pence.' "
As Trump’s presidency became more endangered this week with the conviction or guilty plea of two of his former aides, a new book about the vice president will stoke concerns about Pence.

1. Is he a 'Christian supremacist'?

In “The Shadow President: The Truth About Mike Pence,” on sale Tuesday, authors Michael D’Antonio and Peter Eisner cast Pence's background – congressman, Indiana governor, Trump VP – in a harsh light, arguing that “the most successful Christian supremacist in American history” is already functioning as a “kind of replacement president” and is preparing to “fashion a nation more pleasing to his god and corporate sponsors.” A flattering preview of the book by New York Times columnist Frank Bruni – that ran under the headline “Mike Pence, Holy Terror” – already has religious leaders and other Pence supporters accusing Bruni and the book’s authors of religious bigotry. Saying he’d “never heard such hatred poured out against such a good man,” evangelist Franklin Graham urged supporters to pray that God will put a “hedge of protection” around Pence and his family.

2. It's not the first Pence warning

The authors are not the first to raise alarms about who is waiting in the wings should Trump leave office – voluntarily or involuntarily.
Arguing Pence has taken advantage of the chaos of the Trump administration to amass “enormous power” under the radar, the Human Rights Campaign launched a campaign earlier this year to highlight Pence’s record on issues important to the LGBTQ community.
Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman writes in her new memoir that Pence is biding his time until Trump resigns or is impeached.
“As bad as you think Trump is, you should be worried about Pence,” she said on "Celebrity Big Brother" in February after leaving the White House. “He thinks Jesus tells him to say things.”

June 14, 2018

Southern Baptists are No Longer A Friendly Audience For Vice-P. Pence




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At first glance, a Southern Baptist meeting might seem like a friendly audience for Vice President Mike Pence. 
A conservative Christian and longtime culture warrior, Pence shares many of Southern Baptists' faith commitments and some of their political views. With more than 15 million members, Southern Baptists are the country's largest evangelical denomination, and more than 80% of white evangelicals voted for the Trump-Pence ticket. 
But as Pence prepares to address nearly 10,000 delegates -- called messengers -- at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting here on Wednesday, a small but significant slice is opposing his appearance. 
Younger Southern Baptists in particular -- a rising force with the election on Tuesday of J.D. Greear, 45, as the new president of the denomination -- are wary of appearing too close to the GOP and detracting from their main mission: winning souls for Jesus. 
    "By associating publicly with any administration," Garrett Kell, lead pastor of Del Ray Baptist Church in Virginia, told his fellow delegates Tuesday morning on the convention floor, "we send a mixed message to our members that to be faithful to the Gospel is to also align with that administration." 
    Kell and others said they are also concerned that Pence's speech could endanger Southern Baptist missionaries and aid workers serving in countries that oppose the Trump administration. It could also harm the denomination's fragile relationship with racial minorities, he said. 
    Kell said he "has nothing against Pence personally," but he suggested Tuesday that Southern Baptists essentially disinvite Pence and replace his planned speech with time for prayer. 
    Kell's motion was soundly defeated, but that didn't stop other Southern Baptists from proposing several similar resolutions, none of which passed. 
    It's not unusual for national politicians to address church meetings. Barack Obama spoke at national meetings for the United Church of Christ, his own denomination, and a gathering of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. 
    Southern Baptists have hosted several presidents at their annual gatherings, according to historian Thomas Kidd, including George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, who was himself a Southern Baptist before leaving the denomination for a more liberal one.
    A spokesman for the Southern Baptist Convention said the White House made the first move on Pence's speech, reaching out to ask if he could address the annual meeting. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 
    Victor Pollido, a Southern Baptist pastor from California, said he believes God has placed officials such as Pence in office. He added that he is not bothered by the vice president's planned speech.
    "It's OK with me," Pollido said. "Christians need to participate in society, just like Jesus did."
    Mike Turner, pastor of Lexington Baptist Church in South Carolina and a delegate to the annual meeting, said he didn't have a problem, either, with Pence's speech: "Our conviction is that we should respect the people who are in positions of government leadership." 
    But Turner said he knows many younger Southern Baptists don't agree. 
    "Clearly, there's a new generation coming up who are growing discontent with the Republican Party and are more sensitive to the racial ramifications of the decision." 
    Indeed Alishah Nemieboka, a delegate to the meeting who lives in Randallstown, Maryland, said she is not pleased about Pence's appearance and is considering skipping his speech.
    "With the history of the Southern Baptist Convention, and with us trying to get over that history and unite, Pence coming is like one step forward, two steps back," she said. 
    The Southern Baptist Convention was founded in 1845, splitting with its Northern counterparts over slavery
    Nemieboka and other Southern Baptists said they have not heard Pence make harmful statements about race. But he is tainted, Nemieboka said, by his association with President Donald Trump, who has made racially charged statements about Mexicans and other minorities and said a white nationalist rally in Virginia included some "very fine people." 
    Nate Akin, 37, director of the pastor-led network Baptist21 and the son of a Southern Baptist seminary president, said it's too simplistic to paint all older Southern Baptists as pro-GOP and younger Southern Baptists as wary of partisan politics. But there is some truth to the generalization, he said. 
    "There is a perception that Southern Baptists are in the pocket of the Republican Party," he said. "But to be a good Christian doesn't mean you have to be a good Republican -- or a good Democrat, for that matter." 
    Akin looked around the crowded lobby of a hotel adjacent to the convention center where Southern Baptists are meeting. 
    "There's people here who would disagree with me about that, but I think it's true."
    Akin said Pence's appearance is an unwelcome distraction from Southern Baptists' main mission of spreading the Gospel. It also potentially makes people of color feel less at home in the Southern Baptist Convention, he said. 
    "I'm not sure what he could say, unless he comes out and disagrees with his boss publicly from the convention floor, that would help us with either of those missions," Akin said.

    April 20, 2018

    Mike Pence is a Danger to All LGBT, He is Dangerous Because He Believes It and With Power Will Act On It

     





    Vice President Mike Pence has come under fire from an LGBT rights group that has described him as “one of the greatest threats to equality” in a new campaign slamming the politician.

    The Republican has a dim record on LGBT rights. He opposes equal marriage and signed a religious freedom bill during his tenure as governor of Indiana which was viewed by many as effectively permitting discrimination against LGBT people.

    The Human Rights Campaign is focusing on "The Real Mike Pence," releasing a report on the vice president that includes his positions on LGBT issues, according to Politico, which saw a copy of the report ahead of its release on Thursday.

    “Mike Pence has made a career out of attacking the rights and equal dignity of LGBTQ people, women and other marginalized communities,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement. 
    “Now as vice president, he poses one of the greatest threats to equality in the history of our movement. With the world distracted by Donald Trump’s scandal-ridden White House, Mike Pence’s nefarious agenda has been allowed to fly under the radar for too long," Griffin continued. "He has become not only the most powerful vice president in American history, but also the least scrutinized.”

    Pence, who is known for his conservative views on LGBT and abortion, among other things, is also suspected of being in favor of controversial “gay conversion therapy.” 


     
    On his campaign website in 2000, Pence discussed the Ryan White CARE Act that provides funding for HIV patients, stating resources should be “directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior” in a comment that has been widely interpreted as his supporting conversion therapy.

    The vice president has recently denied this is the case, Pink News reported, stating he was suggesting funds be directed to groups promoting safe sex. But some LGBT groups remain skeptical.

    The HRC's focus on Pence’s attitudes toward LGBT people comes in the wake of several scandals surrounding President Donald Trump, including the possibility that he will not run in 2020 or will be forced from the White House before that point, Politico reported.

    “This is just another politically-motivated attack on the VP by a left-wing organization closely aligned with the Democratic Party,” Pence's Press Secretary Alyssa Farah told Politico of the campaign by HRC.

    The New York Times reported on Wednesday there has been some speculation about the possibility that Pence could run 2020 on a ticket with the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, although Haley has denied such an alliance.



    March 26, 2018

    Charlotte Pence Tweets Indirect Mild Support For LGBT








    “I have bought his book,” she told ITK Wednesday. “He’s giving proceeds of the book to charity, and we’re also giving proceeds of our book to charity, so I really think that we can all get behind it.” She continued, “I also want to support those charities — I really mean that.”
    Then, she put her final stamp of approval on the cause, tweeting, “Happy to support charity and important causes,” with a link to an article announcing her purchase.


    Happy to support charities and important causes ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป https://twitter.com/thehill/status/976574953012318209 
    This is the first and only deviation the 24-year old has shown from her father’s views. Charlotte, who lives in Los Angeles, says she always wanted to be a writer growing up. Being a writer, living in Los Angeles, and supporting LGBTQ rights? Maybe Pence’s politics skew more moderate than her father’s, who has supported gay conversion therapy in the past, and was largely credited with starting an HIV outbreak in Indiana due to his public health funding cuts. 
    Charlotte says she doesn’t “pay a ton of attention to the negativity” surrounding Washington. When asked how she deals with the criticism of her controversial, uber-conservative father, Pence said, “I think you just have to have the mindset that my parents have really taught me to have, which is while people may be critical of my dad, we live in a country where we have freedoms to speak out against our elected leaders.” She continued, “So whenever people protest, my dad always has this line, he says, ‘That’s what freedom looks like.’ And it’s really true.”
    “At the end of the day, he’s still my dad, and my opinion of him is going to be good because I know him and I know his heart,” Charlotte added.
    Oliver’s parody book has—somewhat unsurprisingly—outsold Pence’s. But according to Charlotte, it’s not over. Hinting at a sequel, she said, “Marlon I think definitely has some adventures up his sleeve, for sure.”
    BY: JILL GUTOWITZ

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    March 16, 2018

    Vice Pence Seems To Have a Phobia in Meeting Publicly with Gay Leaders Of State .Ie: Gay Irish PM




     Vice President Mike Pence listens as Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar speaks before presenting a bowl of shamrocks to President Trump in the East Room of the White House on March 15, 2018.Mandel Ngan, AFP/Getty Images
    [Author: Dwight Adams, IndyStar] 

    Last year, the Irish prime minister was welcomed by the U.S. president and vice president with open arms — and with open coverage by reporters — ahead of the annual St. Patrick's Day festivities.

    But this year, Vice President Pence's breakfast with new Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar will be closed to the media — at the request of the vice president. In a departure from the recent past, reporters were told Friday's event to be attended by Pence and Varadkar will be private and the media won't be invited. 

    Pence also had an St. Patrick's Day breakfast in March 2017 with Enda Kenny, the Irish prime minister at the time. The difference this year could possibly be Varadkar's visibility as an openly gay man as well as Pence's long record of opposing issues important to the gay and lesbian community.

    People are speculating whether issues such as gay and lesbian rights and Pence's stance on gay-conversion therapy might be discussed at their meeting. For instance, the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ civil rights advocacy group, sent a tweet questioning the motive for banning the media from the Pence-Varadkar event.

    That the request for a private meeting came from the Pence camp, as reported by Irish media, was confirmed Thursday by a source at the White House. Pence and Varadkar had both been in attendance at three meetings Thursday in Washington that were open to the media.
    Alyssa Farah, the press secretary for Pence, released a statement Thursday about the Friday breakfast.
    "The Prime Minister had a formal bilateral meeting with President Trump today, which was attended by the Vice President. The Vice President and Prime Minister also attended Speaker Ryan’s annual St. Patrick’s Day lunch, and the Shamrock Exchange reception at the White House today. Tomorrow’s breakfast is an informal gathering of several dozen people at the Vice President’s home where he will reiterate the major themes of the important relationship shared by the U.S. and Ireland." 
    According to the Irish Examiner, Varadkar said he would have preferred that his meeting with Pence would be open to the public, but added that a private session may allow for more "frank conversation."
    Varadkar became the first openly gay Irish government minister in 2015, during a debate over an amendment to the Irish constitution to allow same-sex marriage that was eventually passed. 

    Varadkar who is the Taoiseach of Ireland — a role which comprises the titles of the prime minister, chief executive and head of government  — also is the first Irish government minister of Indian descent. He took office in June.
    Last year, Kenny joined the vice president for an open breakfast with several dozen other invited people, before meeting later in the day with the president in the Oval Office.
    But this year, Varadkar and Pence will have the breakfast event in private at the vice president's residence on Friday morning, a day after Varadkar's meeting with Donald Trump.
    Pence, who is of Irish descent, and his wife, Karen, spoke to the media at last year's festivities, where Pence expressed his excitement over being able to invite a "special guest to the White House" —  in reference to Kenny.
    But it's different this year — and Varadkar's comments in recent days to the media may be a reason why.
    When asked whether he would talk to Pence about the vice president's stance on gay-conversion therapy, Varadkar told an Irish publication, TheJournal.ie, on Wednesday that if given the chance he would talk about "the wider issue" of gay rights
    “I am told Vice President Pence is not a supporter of conversion therapy even though some people have mentioned he is," Varadkar said, according to TheJournal.ie. "But I imagine I will have the opportunity, I am going to be meeting him over breakfast on Friday morning, so if I have the opportunity I will certainly be mentioning the wider issue of equal rights and freedoms for LGBT citizens.”

    U.S. Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon accused Pence of being a supporter of gay-conversion therapy in an interview with USA TODAY in the days leading up to the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

    The issue of gay-conversion therapy has dogged Pence since a statement was posted on his campaign website during his run for Congress in 2000. Gay conversion therapy is a now-discredited practice that once used psychiatric treatments — and electric shocks — to try to persuade a person to change his or her homosexual orientation.
    Although it doesn’t use the words “conversion therapy,” gay rights groups say the wording used by Pence nearly two decades ago is language that both supporters and opponents of the practice would recognize as a clear reference.
    Here's what the campaign statement said in part: "Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior." 

    Pence’s office later said the campaign statement from 2000 was meant to indicate support for groups promoting “safe sexual practices.”
    "The vice president has never supported conversion therapy and doesn’t support it now. Any reports to the contrary are patently false," spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said in February. "He’s been abundantly clear on the matter.”

    But Pence, who previously has suggested homosexuality is a choice, declined to say whether or not he believes conversion therapy has merit.

    A religious conservative, Pence has a long record of opposing gay rights while he served as an Indiana congressman, including advocating for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, opposing measures to protect gay men and lesbians from discrimination in the workplace, and opposing lifting the military’s ban on gays serving openly. While governor of Indiana, he signed a "religious freedom" law that LGBT activists say allowed for Christian businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

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    July 31, 2017

    Pence Preparing for His Inauguration





    'Priebus and Spicer will lead the transition' wrote Congresswoman Maxine Waters on Twitter
    US Vice President Mike Pence is preparing for Donald Trump's impeachment, a congresswoman from their rival Democrat Party has claimed.

    "Mike Pence is somewhere planning an inauguration", Maxine Waters wrote on Twitter.
    "Priebus and Spicer will lead the transition" she added, referring to the two latest members of Trump's White House to resign.

    Former chief of staff Reince Priebus stepped down and Sean Spicer resigned as press secretary both stepped down from their roles in recent weeks.
    A long time critic of Mr Trump, Ms Waters was the first US politician to claim that the salacious sex acts alleged in the unverified "Russian blackmail dossier" against the US leader were "absolutely true".

    The document, alleged the Russian state has compromising sexual and financial information on the President. 
    She has also repeatedly called for his impeachment.
    "He's someone that I'm committed to getting impeached!" Mrs Waters told a Washington bookshop audience in May. "He's a liar! He's a cheat! He's a con man! We've got to stop his ass."

    Two Democrat congressmen, Al Green and Brad Sherman, filed the first impeachment articles against Mr Trump on 12 July.

    They claimed Mr Trump obstructed justice by firing FBI Director James Comey during his investigation into Russian interference in the election.

    But for an impeachment trial to go ahead, a majority in the House of Representatives and a two-thirds majority in the Senate must approve it.

    With both the House and Senate under Republican control until at least the mid-term elections in November 2018, this is unlikely.

    Mr Pence has distanced himself from the recent scandals rocking the White House, including revelations of Donald Trump Jr's meeting with a Russian lawyer during the election campaign. 
    The Vice President is "not focused on stories about the campaign - especially those pertaining to the time before he joined the campaign" said Mr Pence's spokesman in a statement, shortly after they emerged.

    "Donald Trump is someone that found his way to the presidency of the United States of America - I still don't know how."
    It's not too early to discuss grounds for Donald Trump's impeachment 
    More Americans want Trump impeached than wanted Nixon impeached 
    Democrat files first articles of impeachment against Donald Trump 
    Only two American presidents have been impeached, and in neither case did it lead to their removal from office. Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson were both exonerated by the Senate and completed their term in office.
    Richard Nixon resigned following the Watergate scandal before Congress could impeach him.
    Fourteen vice presidents have later become president - eight of those because of the death of the sitting president. Five became president during a following term and one following the resignation of the sitting president. 

    The Independent





    November 16, 2016

    Pence Anti Gay, Anti Women Reproductive Rights and Also Trump’s VP






    As president-elect Donald Trump begins his transition into the White House, a great deal of attention has centered on the complex decisions surrounding the transfer of power. Vice-president elect Mike Pence, a staunch conservative who has implemented or tried to implement controversial policy decisions during his time as Indiana's governor, replaced Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey as the leader of the transition team, strengthening speculation he will have a more prominent role in the administration than once thought.

    Pence's political rise has been unconventional and mostly under the radar on the national scene. He started his political career began in 1988 after twice failing to defeat former U.S. House Representative Phil Sharp. While serving as president of the Indiana Policy Review, a Fort Wayne-based conservative think tank, Pence would begin hosting a statewide syndicated radio show in the early 1990s. He would later be elected to the House from 2001 to 2013 in Indiana's second district, which includes working-class cities like Elkhart. In 2012, he narrowly defeated Democrat John Gregg to succeed highly popular governor Mitch Daniels.

    Throughout his time in public office, Pence's conservative credentials have remained clear. As governor, Pence received a 99 percent rating from the American Conservative Union and had just a 7 percent rating by American Civil Liberties Union as a congressman. In his own words, Pence described himself in 2010 as “a Christian, a conservative and a Republican in that order.” 

    With one Supreme Court appointment certain, many liberals and conservatives will be interested in knowing what type of influence Pence will wield within the administration on social issues. His anti-abortion stance and history of anti-LGBT policies have many worried that the Trump will restrict the rights of both women and the LGBT community.

    Pence's ardent religious beliefs account for the rabid opposition to abortion that has guided much of his legislation. His quest to defund Planned Parenthood was pushed into high gear as a congressman in 2011 when he submitted an amendment to the House to significantly cut funding for the organization.

    “If Planned Parenthood wants to be involved in providing counseling services and HIV testing, they ought not to be in the business of providing abortions,” Pence told Politico in a 2011 interview. “As long as they aspire to do that, I’ll be after them.”

    Pence would keep his word. By 2014, just a year after he became governor, Indiana had slashed its funding to Planned Parenthood to half of its 2005 levels. Pence also signed a measure in March 2016 prohibiting abortions performed on the basis of a fetus’ race, disability or gender. The law allowed doctors who were found to have performed abortions on the basis of any of those characteristics to be held liable for wrongful death.

    “By enacting this legislation, we take an important step in protecting the unborn while still providing an exception for the life of the mother,” Pence said in a statement. “I sign this legislation with a prayer that God would continue to bless these precious children, mothers and families.” The law was ultimately struck down by a federal judge.

    Pence also has a contentious history with the LGBT community. He opposed the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” a controversial policy enacted by Bill Clinton in 1993 intended to keep the sexual orientation of military service members confidential.

    “We ought not to use the American military as a backdrop for social experimentation or debating domestic policy issues,” he told CNN in 2010.
    In 2015, Pence signed Indiana’s Religious Freedom Act into law, allowing business owners to deny service to any person if they felt that serving them would violate their religious beliefs. He later amended the law to say that business owners could not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, race, religion or disability, angering those who felt that it made the law insufficient and disappointing those who still felt it would allow for discrimination.

    Accusations have been leveled at Pence for supporting conversion, or electroshock, therapy as a means of changing a person’s sexual orientation, though he has never explicitly said that. The allegations likely come from Pence’s statements when he was running for Congress in 2000. During that time, his campaign website stated that Congress should only support a law providing funding for HIV/AIDS treatment “after completion of an audit to ensure that federal dollars were no longer being given to organizations that celebrate and encourage the types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus. Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.”

    Trump told "60 Minutes" on Sunday that he wouldn’t seek to ban gay marriage as president. “It’s law,” he said. “It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean, it’s done.”

    Despite the fact that Roe v. Wade is also the law of the land, Trump implied he wouldn’t rule out changing it. “If it ever were overturned, it would go back to the states.”

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