At last night’s CNN LGBT town hall, 2020 Democrats showed the public where they stand on the issues of sexual orientation and gender identity as well as what they want to do to people and organizations who disagree with them.
Beto O’Rourke wants to punish religious organizations whose teachings don’t support same-sex marriage by stripping them of tax-exempt status: “There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break, for anyone or any institution, any organization in America that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us.” Cory Booker promised to use the federal government to “go after schools” on transgender issues. Pete Buttigieg said that invoking religious liberty in the face of gay and transgender policy demands “is an insult to faith.” Elizabeth Warren made it very clear that she wants to use people’s tax dollars to pay for transgender surgery. Joe Biden threw his support behind the so-called “Equality Act,” which would put sexual orientation and gender identity on the same level as race and sex in federal discrimination law and would also gut religious liberty protections for dissenters.
So, what to make of all this? While this policy area has proven itself to be yet another race to the Left in this progressive purity contest of a primary, it’s also yet another issue where one has to wonder how the eventual nominee will defend policies like these to general election voters outside Democrats’ electoral safe haven in a national race against President Donald Trump.