Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education is famous antigay group donor

Donald Trump has named Betsy DeVos as his pick for Secretary of Education, who is famous for her anti-gay marriage activism.

ABC reported that in 2012, DeVos’ family donated $500,000 to the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), which is an anti-gay marriage group and “was one of the leading advocates against same-sex marriage initiatives in eight states.”

But if that weren’t enough the DeVos family has been financially involved in a number of Republican candidates who have run for major positions, according to Mother Jones:

“They have helped fund nearly every prominent Republican running for national office and underwritten a laundry list of conservative campaigns on issues ranging from charter schools and vouchers to anti-gay-marriage and anti-tax ballot measures. ‘There’s not a Republican president or presidential candidate in the last 50 years who hasn’t known the DeVoses,’ says Saul Anuzis, a former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party.”

Oh but wait, there’s more! In addition to her mother being a champion of Prop 8, Betsy DeVos made a point of personally contributing to banning same sex marriage in Michigan; she and her husband donated more than $200,000 to the cause.

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Related: Here’s what you need to know about Donald Trump’s and Mike Pence’s plans for the LGBTQ community

The Trump campaign has tried to reach out to the LGBTQ community, with Trump himself claiming he would not personally try and repeal same-sex marriage (despite once saying he would “consider” it). And while many of his surrogates have tried to say he is the first president to enter the White House with a pro-LGBTQ stance, his actions are suggesting he isn’t at all concerned with preserving, and pushing for, more civil rights.

Besides, his claims he won’t touch same-sex marriage does little to assure people when he’s assembling a team of people who have devoted their political careers to fighting it every step of the way.

h/t: Towleroad

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