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Donald Trump Doesn't Support Partner Rights For Same-Sex Couples

6a00d8341c730253ef014e5f21a3d9970c Donald Trump told Greta van Susteren on her talk show last month that though he loves the fact that there are lots of gays and lesbians in New York City, he doesn't love them enough to allow them to get married (or divorced like he's been three times). Recently, the billionaire has been setting his sights on Iowa in what looks to be a long shot bid for the presidency in 2012.

In an article in the Des Moines Register, Trump not only reiterates his feelings opposition on marriage equality but expanded on those thoughts saying that gays and lesbians should not be allowed to have partner benefits.

"Asked whether he supports allowing same-sex couples to marry, Trump said no. Iowa conservatives have overwhelmingly opposed the 2009 Iowa Supreme Court decision overturning the state’s ban on gay marriage."

“They should not be able to marry,” he said. But asked whether gay couples should be able access the same benefits as married couples, he said his “attitude on it has not been fully formed. Given a second to think, Trump said on marriage and civil benefits, “As of this moment, I would say no and no.”

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  1. Other moguls wouldn't lower themselves because they actually have class and brains. Trump has neither and is inherently unlikable to boot.

    His chances of getting elected to anything---must less president!---are nil.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 6, 2011 1:28:11 PM

  2. Why is anyone paying attention to that combed-over, bleached blonde blow-hard? Donald Trump is a dick.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Mar 6, 2011 1:31:04 PM

  3. @MIKE128

    I agree with you, but I would have expected some reasoning nonetheless, even as an excuse. I guess with the ubiquity of stupid and ignorant public figures (and their followers) that expecting reason is asking for too much.

    Posted by: Aethon | Mar 6, 2011 2:04:46 PM

  4. @Jaragon Brilliant!

    Posted by: Aethon | Mar 6, 2011 2:05:26 PM


    Donald Trump's comb-over has just left him for Xavier Dolan.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 6, 2011 2:31:53 PM

  6. his new show starts tonight can you say boycott? all his activities should be boycotted casino bearing his name pageants the apprentice his real estate holdings hotels and anything else that pompous asshat puts his name on.

    Posted by: walter | Mar 6, 2011 2:33:06 PM

  7. @WALTER, I agree. I won't watch, purchase or support anything Donald Trump is even remotely associated with. He has a great love of money and fame. If his mouth costs him one, the other or both, he'll feel the pain. What Trump needs is a cream pie right in the puss and nothing but ridicule from the public.

    Posted by: Bob R | Mar 6, 2011 2:44:44 PM

  8. @David Ehrenstein — I'm surprised that you know of Xavier Dolan. :) I didn't realise that knowledge of him passed much beyond the borders of Québec. Still, he is a great deal nicer to look at that Trump despite the hair!

    Posted by: Aethon | Mar 6, 2011 3:00:44 PM

  9. Just deleted Celebrity Apprentice from my DVR. I'll be Cyndi Lauper is regretting her decision to be on last season.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Mar 6, 2011 3:15:25 PM

  10. Mr Trump: Informed with your latest thoughts on the civil rights of her son and his husband who have been together for 30 years she has decided NOT TO WATCH THE APPRENTICE ever again.
    And she has decided to have her friends over so that none of them at her apartment complex can watch either.

    Posted by: mcNnyc | Mar 6, 2011 3:31:35 PM

  11. I'm genuinely shocked about this. I like him and thought he was waaaay more progressive (aka NOT STUPID) about obvious issues. I'm very disappointed.

    Posted by: Drew | Mar 6, 2011 4:06:08 PM

  12. Im with Drew on this one.......of all the Unmitgated has SUNK LOW

    Posted by: Disgusted Gay American | Mar 6, 2011 4:21:06 PM

  13. Doesn't he know that running for office is a serious business ? WTF is he thinking of ? The old fart.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 6, 2011 4:33:35 PM

  14. For someone who is ready to launch the gayest season of Celebrity Apprentice ever, that was a really stupid thing to say! Who the hell does he think is going to tune in to watch NeNe Leakes, LaToya Jackson, Richard Hatch and Dionne Warwick??

    Time to pull the gay boycott on him and show him the economic power of the gays. Money seems to be the only thing he understands.


    PS: I am soooo going to miss watching NeNe and Star Jones going at each other!! But, that man is not going to make a dime off of me!

    Posted by: bob94114 | Mar 6, 2011 5:02:04 PM

  15. He's a homophobic racist pig with money.

    Posted by: Mel Smith | Mar 6, 2011 5:04:11 PM

  16. He has always been a sleaze in business. Anything associated with him is a turnoff in my book. I was booked into the Trump/Chicago on business last fall. I called and changed hotels in a flash when I found out.

    Posted by: Matt | Mar 6, 2011 5:10:26 PM

  17. as of this moment the gay communities response to any Trump businesses should be no and no. Trump has made a calculated move that this will not affect his empire which is based upon his brand name. For the gay community not to respond to this implies that we are ineffectual and unimportant.

    Posted by: Mac | Mar 6, 2011 5:49:11 PM

  18. Publicly Boycott Celebrity Apprentice/NBC

    The gay community has boycotted big business (Target), and Doug Manchester/Hyatt in San Diego, time to go to NBC and Donald Trump...the gay community should let NBC and Trump know where they stand.

    Below is the forum for Celebrity know that Trump, with his ego probably checks it out (or has his minions do it)

    Posted by: CB | Mar 6, 2011 6:37:28 PM

  19. I now don't care for him and never have and still never will be watching his show and I was going to make an effort tonight

    Everyone should have the right to be married if that is their goal

    Posted by: Adam | Mar 6, 2011 6:40:27 PM

  20. Who really gives a crap about this man. He's irrelevant and a non-contender so please STFU about him.......

    Posted by: Vic | Mar 6, 2011 8:26:04 PM

  21. Gays should BOO him. The man thinks he is adored -- a bet a few catcalls and boos would change things a little.

    Posted by: Dan | Mar 6, 2011 8:41:47 PM

  22. All Trump is known for is running a ridiculous "reality" show. His other businesses tend to fail (and we've seen why, on his show).

    Maybe the Republican nomination should be run like a reality show though. Most of the really big names (Trump, Palin) have already been kicked off an island or two.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 6, 2011 10:49:36 PM

  23. Dumb rich-for-nothin P.O.S.!

    "To whom much is given, much is expected."

    Trump, YOU'RE FIRED.

    Posted by: Priscilla Queen of the Jungle | Mar 7, 2011 12:29:32 AM

  24. What gets me is that the Entertainment industry...a so called "gay friendly" industry has promoted and edorsed everything this man does since Day 1. He is EVERYWHERE on t.v because all these Hollywood types love him, and yet he does not believe that a dying bed ridden gay person should be entitled to make medical decisions for their loved ones....that's a pretty radical opinion given 62% of the country is in support of civil unions. The other 30 some is not taken seriously, and especially not some iconic figure in Hollywood. He was invited to every Oscar award party around West Hollywood, talking about how great he was in every red carpet interview ...I find it all to be really disturbing. More so from Hollywood and promoting this mans brand.

    Posted by: Dynex | Mar 7, 2011 3:53:24 AM

  25. vulgar man.

    Posted by: arch | Mar 7, 2011 7:10:52 AM

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