On Friday night Rachel Maddow took a look at Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s history of advocating extreme anti-gay positions and why those positions were largely ignored by the national media.
Said Maddow of Pence, “there is no statewide elected official anywhere in America who has more to brag about in terms of his anti-gay credentials.”
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Fighting back tears, Maddow added that thanks to Pence, gay couples in Indiana “faced 18 months in prison and $10,000 fine for applying to get married” before the Supreme Court made marriage equality the law of the land.
Maddow also pointed out that Pence advocated diverting federal money away from AIDS programs towards funding conversion therapy–the barbaric and debunked practice that aims to ‘cure’ people of being gay.
Said the MSNBC host, “Mike Pence is really, really out there on his anti-gay politics. He’s at the very edge of the branch, on the very edge of the twig on the end of the branch, on the last leaf on that twig. More so than any statewide official in this country. And that’s who Donald Trump picked to be his running mate.”
And yet, Pence’s record was largely ignored by the mainstream national media.
Maddow explains why that might have been, below.