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Ivanka Trump Cozies Up to Virulent Homophobes at White House Dinner

Jim Garlow and Ivanka Trump

Donald Trump, his wife, daughter, and key members of his administration rubbed elbows with several anti-LGBTQ evangelicals. 

At a White House dinner for about 100 evangelicals on Monday, key members of the Trump administration, including self-proclaimed LGBTQ ally Ivanka Trump, posed smiling with a pastor and virulent homophobe who's called marriage equality "demonic," according to The Daily Beast.

The senior pastor of the Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego, Calif., Jim Garlow, once made the outrageous assertion, based on the narrow version of how genitals work in his world, that people who support marriage equality should be forced to live in houses without electricity and plumbing.

"All the people who advocate for so-called same-sex marriage ought to have to live in homes in which the plumbers who built them, or the electricians who built them, didn't understand the difference between the male and female end of piping or plumbing or of electrical as well, and see how that works for them," Garlow said in 2014.

On Monday, Donald Trump, who supports businesses that discriminate against LGBTQ people and Mike Pence, a proud proponent of homophobic legislation and alleged endorser of conversion therapy, cozied up to Garlow. Melania Trump, Jared Kushner, and Kellyanne Conway also participated in brushing up against homophobes.

But it was Trump's daughter Ivanka's photo with Garlow, who said of marriage equality supporters, "They want to destroy the very image of God upon the planet. This is a demonic happening in our midst," that caught the attention of Twitter.

What's worse is that Garlow was not the only hateful anti-LGBTQ evangelical in the room. The founder of the pro-LGBTQ site Good as You, Jeremy Hooper, tweeted about Ivanka Trump's hypocrisy.

A self-avowed supporter of LGBTQ people and a White House adviser, Ivanka Trump tweeted in support of Pride Month in 2017, despite already having remained mum as Donald Trump and his allies extirpated LGBTQ pages from the White House website and stripped away protections for trans people.

At the time, Ivanka Trump wrote, "I am proud to support my LGBTQ friends and the LGBTQ Americans who have made immense contributions to our society and economy."

About six weeks later, she remained completely silent as her father sought to ban trans people from the military.

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