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Trump's Latest Gay Marriage Comments Mean Little If He's Serious About His SCOTUS Picks

The president-elect says the law is settled, but his Supreme Court shortlist includes noted anti-gay justices.

11/14/2016 10:16 am ET | Updated Nov 14, 2016

LGBTQ Americans need not worry about losing the right to same-sex marriage, President-elect Donald Trump said during an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday.

CBS’ Lesley Stahl told Trump that people in the LGBTQ community are among those expressing fear in the wake of his election. Trump responded that he’d mentioned the LGBTQ community during his Republican National Convention remarks, and that “everybody said that was so great.”

In Trump’s RNC speech, delivered after the mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, he said he would do “everything in my power to protect our LGBT citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology.”

And on Sunday, Trump said the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality will remain the law of the land, despite concerns expressed by the LGBTQ community that that decision may be reversed during his presidency.

“It’s irrelevant because it was already settled,” he said. “These cases have gone to the Supreme Court, it’s settled and I’m fine with it.”

The comments contradict the message Trump and the Republican Party championed during his presidential candidacy. Trump has said he opposes same-sex marriage and would “strongly consider” appointing Supreme Court justices who would overturn the landmark decision legalizing it. Indeed, many of the people on Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court picks are hostile to gay rights.

And despite what Trump says, this year’s Republican Party platform was called the most anti-LGBTQ platform in the party’s history.

Trump’s logic that the Supreme Court’s ruling is the final word doesn’t seem to apply across the board. In the same interview, Trump affirmed the likelihood that he would appoint Supreme Court justices who oppose abortion access. He said some women will likely have to travel to other states for an abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

“Well, we’ll see what happens,” he said.

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