It’s generally understood that Donald Trump intends to “delegate” much of the grunt work of the presidency to his vice president, Mike Pence. This will be especially true on cultural issues, which Trump doesn’t care about but half of the Republican base does. In terms of social policy, a Trump administration will be a Pence administration.
And that should be terrifying.
In a famous interview on ABC News, Pence refused to say whether his “religious liberty” law, one of the worst in the nation, would or wouldn’t allow businesses to discriminate against gays, despite being prompted six times by George Stephanopoulos. Pence refused to say whether it’s OK to fire gay people for being gay. He has endorsed the horrifying and ineffective practice of ‘gay conversion therapy.’
But those specific examples really are just the superficial symptoms of a much deeper, and sincere, religious conservatism. This isn’t meant to demean Pence’s views; it’s not about homophobia, or some kind of pathology. These positions reflect what Pence, like 30 percent of Americans, sincerely believe is the right way forward for America: a return to traditional “Judeo-Christian” values and morality.
And that is the foundation for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of policies. A Trump-Pence administration will promote creationism and “traditional” sexual/gender norms in schools, end funding for HIV prevention and research, return us to the Reagan-Bush days of abstinence-only education, increase faith-based initiatives and funding to conservative religious organizations, and undertake a thousand tiny actions that won’t make the headlines but will gradually turn back the clock of America’s moral progress. Pence doesn’t think it’s been progress; he thinks that our new freedoms are a sign of moral decay.
— A Trump-Pence Presidency Would Be a Disaster for LGBT People | Jay Michaelson for the Daily Beast