Trump hosts gay wedding at Mar-A-Lago

 March 4, 2024

President Trump hosted a gay wedding at his Mar-A-Lago estate, a stunning decision that is sure to be celebrated by some Republicans and shunned by others. 

John Sullivan, of the pro-LGBT group Log Cabin Republicans, was married to Dan Medora in February, Newsweek reported.

Trump hosts gay wedding

Sullivan said Trump's staff was "inclusive since day 1" and that the ceremony was "magical and beyond our dreams."

The Tennessee Log Cabin Republicans also highlighted the event on Instagram.

"An amazing time was had by all @john__sullivan__ & @dmedo's unforgettable wedding at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, FL. A celebration of love and style that will be cherished forever. Thanks for the amazing weekend, fellas!" the Log Cabins Republicans of Tennessee wrote in the post.

Trump's move is sure to fuel a debate on the identity of the Republican party, which has largely accepted defeat in the once divisive battle over the institution of marriage.

President Trump has claimed to be the "most pro-gay president" in history. His administration was criticized by some as hostile to gays, but others would say he made the GOP more of a big tent, for example, by appointing the first openly gay Cabinet official, Ric Grenell.

Gay marriage controversy lingers

Public acceptance of gay marriage has grown significantly over the last decade, but a minority of Americans holds strong to the Biblical understanding that marriage is a holy union of a man and a woman.

Some conservatives argue that acceptance of gay marriage helped pave the way to the current LGBT craze that has swept the nation. Others say the controversy over gay marriage is settled and that the GOP must be willing to make compromises for the sake of electability.

The debate was effectively cut off in 2015 when the Supreme Court issued its controversial ruling legalizing gay marriage, Obergefell v. Hodges. 

The issue was revisited recently by Supreme Court justice Samuel Alito, who claimed vindication over his warning that Obergefell would lead to intolerance of conservatives.

Republicans are also wrestling with how to handle abortion after the Supreme Court's Dobbs decision, which many say has hurt the party at the polls.

Trump has provoked backlash from some conservatives for urging compromise on abortion, even as Republican leaders nationwide embrace in vitro fertilization following a controversial court ruling in Alabama.

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