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Trump Supporter: Making America Great Again Means Reversing LGBT Gains

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A Nevada voter named Barbara told CBS News she supports Donald Trump for president because she's against "the homosexuals."

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While Donald Trump's slogan "Make America Great Again" means different things to different people, to some it means reversing LGBT people's progress toward equality -- among them, a woman interviewed by CBS News after last week's presidential debate.

Barbara, one of a group of Nevada voters interviewed by CBS's John Dickerson after the debate, said she considers "morality and values" the most important issues in politics, and that she would like to see the U.S. go back to "what the country was based on."

"I think that the laws that Obama has passed, the way the country has -- I call it downturning," she told Dickerson in the segment, broadcast Sunday on Face the Nation. "Some of the other people are proud of it and happy for it. I personally am against it, the homosexuals, the abortions. All the stuff, I am against."

She didn't cite specific policies, but President Obama has signed into law an LGBT-inclusive hate-crimes bill and one repealing the military's antigay "don't ask, don't tell" policy. He also has signed executive orders prohibiting discrimination against federal workers because of their gender identity (sexual orientation was already covered) and prohibiting companies with federal contracts from discriminating based on either factor. (Trump has pledged to reverse many of Obama's executive orders.)

Barbara undoubtedly objects to marriage equality as well, but that came about because of the Supreme Court, not Obama. Trump also has promised to appoint justices who would overturn marriage equality if they are presented with such a case, and he supports a proposed federal law that would allow businesses and individuals to cite religious beliefs as legal cover for discriminating against LGBT people.

Dickerson then asked her, "When Donald Trump says 'Make American Great Again,' is that what you hear? That it's going to go back to before the time that you're now describing?" She said, "That's part of it."

The journalist also asked her and others what they would do if they found out their candidate's opponent won the presidency. At the possibility of a Hillary Clinton victory, Barbara said, "Oh, no" and that "she needs prayer." She then granted, "The country always needs prayer."

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.