President Biden's Changing Stance on LGBTQ+ Issues

Kaylee Everhart

Updated Monday, October 30, 2023 at 5:20 AM CDT

President Biden's Changing Stance on LGBTQ+ Issues

President Joe Biden's stance on LGBTQ+ issues has evolved over the years, with a series of policy decisions and statements that have drawn both praise and criticism. From his early days in public office to his current position as President, Biden's views on gay marriage, military service, and LGBTQ+ rights have undergone significant changes. Let's take a closer look at the facts.

In 1973, President Biden suggested that homosexuals were "security risks" when asked about their service in the civil service or military. This statement, made decades ago, reflects a different time and mindset regarding LGBTQ+ individuals.

In 1993, Biden voted in favor of an amendment to prohibit the permanent immigration of individuals who were HIV positive. This decision, rooted in concerns about public health, has been criticized by LGBTQ+ advocates as discriminatory.

Biden's voting record also includes support for the National Defense Authorization Act of 1994, which included the controversial "don't ask don't tell" policy that barred gay Americans from serving openly in the military. Over the years, approximately 14,500 individuals were removed from the military for violating this policy from 1994 to 2011.

In the same year, Biden joined 22 Democrat colleagues to vote in favor of an amendment that cut off federal funds to school districts teaching acceptance of homosexuality as a lifestyle. This vote, seen by some as a reflection of the prevailing attitudes at the time, has since been criticized as an infringement on LGBTQ+ rights.

Biden's support for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 1996 is another example of his changing stance on LGBTQ+ issues. The act defined marriage as between one man and one woman, a position that has since been overturned by the Supreme Court.

Throughout his political career, Biden has held a variety of views on same-sex marriage, changing his stance to appeal to voters. He voted for a law defining marriage as between men and women for federal purposes and twice opposed an amendment to include a gay marriage ban in the Constitution. However, he has also expressed doubts that defining marriage as between men and women would constitute discrimination, stating that marriage has always been left to the states.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Biden maintained his opposition to gay marriage but guaranteed civil unions with the same rights. He did not see gay marriage in the future at that time. However, in subsequent years, Biden's position on same-sex marriage evolved.

In 2012, Biden stated during a national television interview that he supported gay marriage, starting a ripple effect within the Democratic Party. It is worth noting that major figures from both parties, including D*** Cheney and Nancy Pelosi, had already expressed support for same-sex marriage.

In recent political developments, House Speaker Mike Johnson, a Republican from Louisiana, has come under scrutiny from the Biden campaign for his views on "same-sex relations." Johnson has been accused of calling for the criminalization of g****** and describing same-sex relations as "inherently unnatural." The Biden campaign has criticized Johnson's stance, highlighting the ongoing divide between the two parties on LGBTQ+ rights.

In addition to LGBTQ+ issues, Johnson has also discussed his support for Israel, the rise of antisemitism on college campuses, and government spending. He has suggested a short-term stopgap funding measure until January 15 to avoid an omnibus spending bill, which the Senate often tries to force on the House. The House is currently using separate appropriations bills for single subject bills.

As the impeachment inquiry into President Biden unfolds, Johnson has emphasized House Republicans' "constitutional responsibility" to follow the truth. He plans to roll out evidence in the coming days and weeks to show why they are taking the next steps in the impeachment inquiry. While House Republicans are considering subpoenaing Hunter Biden during the investigation, a decision has not been made yet. Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has previously stated that Hunter Biden would be subpoenaed at the appropriate time, emphasizing the importance of following facts and timing in the investigation.

It is important to note that President Biden has also made past comments against gay marriage during his time in public office. However, his current position as President reflects a more supportive stance on LGBTQ+ rights. The Biden campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on these evolving views.

President Biden's changing stance on LGBTQ+ issues reflects the evolving attitudes and policies surrounding these matters. From his early statements to his current position, Biden's views have shifted over time, highlighting the ongoing struggle for LGBTQ+ rights and acceptance in the political landscape.

Republican Bias:

Here we are again, folks, witnessing the blatant hypocrisy of the liberal elite. President Biden's stance on LGBTQ+ issues is nothing but a political charade. Back in the day, he was all for the 'don't ask don't tell' policy and even voted to cut off federal funds to schools teaching acceptance of homosexuality. Now, he's suddenly the champion of LGBTQ+ rights? This is nothing but a political stunt to pander to the left. And let's not forget his support for the Defense of Marriage Act, defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Now, he conveniently 'evolves' his views. This is the typical liberal strategy - change your stance when it suits you, irrespective of the harm and confusion caused to the public.

Liberal Bias:

Once again, conservatives are trying to smear President Biden by digging up his past. Yes, Biden's stance on LGBTQ+ issues has evolved, but that's a testament to his ability to grow and adapt, unlike the rigid, bigoted conservatives. Biden has shown a capacity for change, a trait sorely lacking in most Republicans. His support for the Defense of Marriage Act in the past is now irrelevant as he's shown clear support for LGBTQ+ rights in recent years. The Republicans' desperate attempts to discredit Biden by bringing up House Speaker Mike Johnson's discriminatory views only further highlights their own intolerance and refusal to progress. It's high time they focused on their own party's shortcomings instead of trying to distort Biden's record.

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