KIMT News 3 – Donald Trump officially became the president-elect on Wednesday. Across the nation, some people are celebrating the upcoming change, while others are fearful.
Thousands of people are protesting around the country, including in Iowa and Minnesota.
“What we’re looking is the Republicans have kept the House, they’ve kept the Senate, they’ve taken over the White House, and because of the shenanigans not approving Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, they are going to be taking over the Supreme Court,” said Burt Humburg of Mason City. “It’s not balanced.”
Humburg said as someone in the LGBT community, he is concerned about his rights being taken away, such as marriage equality. He said not so much because of Donald Trump, but because of his Vice President Mike Pence and the decisions he has made as Indiana governor.
“This is a guy who is endorsed conversion therapy, pray away the gay therapy,” said Humburg. “He has said that gay couples are going to bring about societal decline. He is a culture warrior because he made his own Indiana anti-gay decisions against what his business community recommended. This is a guy who is going to press his anti-LGBT agenda.”
First Congregational Church Pastor Chuck Kelsey said he put the message “We are a sanctuary for the least, lost, gay and straight, female, Muslim for all. God’s love wins” on the church sign Wednesday to let community members know the their church is a place to come to for support.
“We’re here to be a safe place for everyone, period. My concern is if President-elect Trump follows through some of his election campaign promises, then there’s going to be an even greater need to be safe,” said Kelsey.
North Iowa Community College history professor Bennett Smith said the first thing President Trump will do is nominate someone to replace the seat left open from Antonin Scalia, which most likely will be someone conservative. Smith said what would change things is if one of the justices, like Anthony Kennedy, who is a swing seat, in their 80s, retire or pass away during the Trump term. The question is, would the replacement be conservative too?
Humburg said that is what some LGBT people are concerned about, and the possibility of having the marriage equality case reviewed again.
“It certainly could be reviewed (marriage equality),” said Smith.
“It would need some kind of dispute that would originate it, like a state passing a law banning it again.”