Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will stand by Donald Trump’s side at next week’s Republican National Convention after Trump announced him as his pick for vice president.
Trump officially announced the long-rumored pick Friday morning on Twitter.
I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate. News conference tomorrow at 11:00 A.M.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2016
He had previously said that he would postpone the announcement out of respect for the 80 killed in a recent terrorist attack in France.
In light of the horrible attack in Nice, France, I have postponed tomorrow's news conference concerning my Vice Presidential announcement.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2016
However, Friday was also the deadline for Pence to declare if he would run again for governor—so a decision had to be made.
Pence beat out Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in the race to join Trump on the Republican ticket.
Pence has shown little to no support for LGBT issues during his time in government. He has opposed measures from marriage equality to the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” He made headlines as governor in spring 2015 when he signed a religious freedom bill into law that led to mass boycotts and corporate outrage. He was eventually forced to walk back much of the language of the bill.
While LGBT conservatives have defended Trump for his open-minded approach to certain issues, the Republican platform going into the convention has been called one of the most ant-LGBT in history. Adding Pence to the ticket, the deck is stacked even further against LGBT Republicans trying to find a place within their party.