Pete Buttigieg accuses President Trump of ‘paying lip service’ to LGBTI rights

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Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has accused US President Donald Trump of ‘paying lip service’ with regards to LGBTI rights.

Buttigieg’s comments come after Trump said he was ‘absolutely fine’ with the openly gay Democratic candidate’s same-sex marriage.

The presidential hopeful took the opportunity to call out Trump for his administration’s poor record on LGBTI rights.

‘Even though they’re paying lip service to the idea of – like the president was asked about my marriage, so he could have the opportunity to say he’s fine with it,’ Buttigieg said.

‘That’s nice,’ he added sarcastically.

The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Buttigieg is the only openly gay candidate running for president. The 37-year-old has experienced a surge in support since announcing he would be running for president in January this year.

‘I think it’s absolutely fine. I do,’

Buttigieg made the comments at an event in Iowa where he was discussing his book, Shortest Way Home.

The Democrat was referencing an interview Trump gave to Fox News show, The Next Revolution. ‘I think it’s absolutely fine. I do,’ Trump said when asked about Buttigieg’s same-sex marriage.

The president agreed with interviewer Steve Hilton that Buttigieg’s candidacy shows progress in the US.

‘I think it’s great – I think that’s something that perhaps some people will have a problem with. I have no problem with it whatsoever, I think it’s good,’ Trump added.

Bringing the focus back to LGBTI-related policies

However, Buttigieg was quick to zero in on the Trump administration’s policies with regards to LGBTI rights.

He referenced a recent Daily Beast report which says that adopted children from LGBTI families could be considered to be born ‘out of wedlock’. This could mean they will not automatically receive US citizenship, even if their parents are married US citizens.

‘We find out this week that they changed the State Department guidance,’ Buttigieg said, according to ABC.

‘So if you are, for example, in an international adoption scenario, and you’re a same-sex couple, as far as the United States government is concerned, you have a child born out of wedlock. Think about what that means.

‘It means you are not a citizen of the same country as your own child at the time that they are born. And that’s discrimination.’

This is not the first time Buttigieg has called out senior government officials with regards to LGBTI rights.

In the past months, Buttigieg has lambasted Vice President Mike Pence because of attitude towards LGBTI rights.

Pence has stated in the past that LGBTI rights go against his Christian beliefs. However, Buttigieg – who is a devout Episcopalian – has made clear he rejects Pence’s interpretation of Christan teachings with regards to LGBTI rights.

Contrasting records on LGBTI rights 

LGBTI rights groups have also widely condemned the Trump administration.

GLAAD’s Trump Accountability Project has tallied the number of times the White House has made anti-LGBTI statements and actions since taking office.

At the time of writing, this number stands at 107 occasions since the government came to power 849 days ago.

The administration has a particularly woeful record when it comes to trans rights.

The Trump administration’s poor record on LGBTI rights stands in contrast to ever-growing LGBTI support within the Democratic party.

This week saw the Democratic-controlled House vote in the Equality Act, a wide-ranging bill which widens anti-discrimination protections for LGBTI people.

Democrats took control of the House in the 2018 midterm elections, which saw a record number of LGBTI politicians being elected to office in what many commentators described as a ‘pink wave’.

High-profile members of the Democratic party have also been vocal about their support for LGBTI rights. This includes fellow presidential hopefuls, Senators Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Bernie Sanders.

Recent polling has also suggested that an increasing number of Americans would be willing to vote for a gay man in future presidential elections.

Author: Calum Stuart

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Record number of gay and bisexual women using IVF in the UK

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The number of women in a same-sex relationship using IVF in the UK has increased eight-fold, according to new figures.

The official statistics from the UK fertility watchdog show a record number of gay and bisexual women are using IVF. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority say the number has increased by 12%.

Meanwhile, the number of single women and those using surrogates has increased by 4% and 22% respectively.

Chairperson, Sally Chershire CBE, says about the increase in treatments: ‘While the increases in same-sex couples, single women and surrogates having fertility treatment are small, this reflects society’s changing attitudes towards family creation, lifestyles and relationships and highlights the need for the sector to continue to evolve and adapt.’

The statistics also indicate the process is becoming safer. Less people are having twins, which is the biggest risk involved. It’s declined to an all-time low of 10%.

Only 33% of the treatments in England and Wales are available on the National Health Service (NHS), compared to 62% in Scotland. Earlier this year, the NHS offered IVF treatment to a gay couple in Scotland for the first time.

This is because of an earlier ban on the NHS using surrogate mothers. The Scottish government changed the law two years ago.

The NHS, however, will not be finding them a surrogate.

See also

French MP claims there’s a ‘powerful LGBT lobby’ during fiery IVF debate

Same-sex couple give birth two days apart after undergoing IVF

Incredible photo of rainbow baby surrounded by 1,616 IVF needles goes viral

Author: Tom Capon

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Same-sex couples have mortgages rejected 75% more often than straight couples

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Same-sex couples are rejected for mortgages almost 75% more often than heterosexual couples in the US, a new study has found.

The study also found same-sex couples had to pay more than their mixed-sex counterparts, experiencing fees 0.5% higher on average.

The figures are according to a study from Iowa State University’s Ivy College of Business. The university’s researchers correlated data from 30 million mortgages across the US between 1990 and 2015.

They found that same-sex couples were 73% more likely to be denied a mortgage when compared to mixed-sex couples.

The study has raised questions about systemic LGBTI discrimination in the property industry, and the lack of protections for same-sex couples looking for property.

However, the study also found that mortgage denials were higher for heterosexual couples living in areas with high numbers of same-sex couples.

No federal laws to protect LGBTI discrimination 

The study found no correlation between mortgage rejections and same-sex couples being high-risk borrowers.

‘Lenders can justify higher fees, if there is [a] greater risk,’ said Lei Gao, assistant professor of finance and co-author of the paper.

‘We found nothing to indicate that’s the case. In fact, our findings weakly suggest same-sex borrowers may perform better.’

Researchers said that while they could not definitively say the rejections were due to discrimination, the evidence heavily suggests this to be the case.

There are federal laws in place to protect mortgage applicants from discrimination. This includes discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, and age.

But these laws do not extend to protecting applicants based on their sexual orientation.

The study follows a recent survey which found that only 49% of same-sex couples own a home. This is in contrast with over 65% of mixed-sex couples owning their own property.

A separate study from June 2017 showed that property prices in areas with high numbers of gay residents were rising at a rapid rate.

Author: Calum Stuart

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