Trump's New Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney Has a Disturbing Anti-LGBTQ Record

He's vocally opposed marriage equality and transgender rights.

President Trump's acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, who is set to replace John Kelly, has a history of supporting anti-LGBTQ policies that is alarming advocates.

Mulvaney has served as Director of the Office of Management Budget, and prior to that served in the South Carolina House and Senate, as well as the United States House, and has consistently stood in the way of the advancement of LGBTQ rights.

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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 13: Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney testifies before the Senate Budget Committee February 13, 2018 in Washington, DC. Mulvaney testified on U.S. President Donald Trump's fiscal year 2019 budget proposal that was released yesterday. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

He has been an outspoken opponent of marriage equality, co-sponsoring a bill in South Carolina defining marriage as between one man and one woman; as well as another seeking to protect anti-marriage equality opinions as free speech; and yet another, the so-called First Amendment Defense Act, which would allow for a religious exemption to anti-discrimination laws.

Mulvaney also signed onto a letter asking Congress to include "language protecting traditional marriage on the National Defense Authorization Act," as well as one urging the Obama administration to abandon its decision to offer protections to transgender students.

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Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, attends U.S. President Donald Trumps 'The Pledge To America's Workers' event in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, July 19, 2018 (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

During his run for state Senate in 2008, a made-up group calling itself the Alliance for the Advancement of Gays and Lesbians put out a robocall claiming to support his opponent, Mandy Powers Norrell, and talking up her support for "homosexual unions and abortion rights." Mulvaney would go on to distance himself from the call.

Earlier this year, Mulvaney claimed the Obama administration had persecuted African countries by threatening to withhold funding on the basis of a lack of marriage equality protections.

The threats were actually tied to laws criminalizing homosexuality, such as Uganda's eventually abandoned legislation colloquially known as the "Kill the Gays" bill.

Mulvaney is set to replace Kelly at the start of the new year.

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