USA Today decided to throw some gasoline on the fire already by publishing a headline titled “Trump administration halts visas for same-sex partners of diplomats, UN employees.”
The vast majority of the population stops right at the headline and thus will walk away with the impression that Trump and his Republican colleagues are all the homophobic villains the media has been saying they were all along. However, clicking and reading the article will cause you to arrive a paragraph within it that gives the entire game away.
“The Trump administration believes the new policy is more consistent with the 2015 Supreme Court ruling to legalize same-sex marriage. The heterosexual partners of foreign diplomats and United Nations employees are also not eligible for U.S. visas."So it doesn’t just apply to same-sex couples, it applies to everyone. That’s not the impression you’re supposed to get from the headline, which mentions that Trump halted visas for same-sex couples specifically.
This entire decision around taking a look at visas for married couples is something Trump has been looking at since before he became president and having been inspired by the San Bernardino shooters in California, as reported on by The Hill back in 2015:
The GOP presidential frontrunner’s comments came after it was found that one of the two shooters who killed 14 people and wounded dozens in San Bernardino, Calif., this week came to the United States on a special K-1 visa last year, which allows foreigners to come to the country to marry a U.S. citizen.The running narrative now is that Trump is doing it to punish homosexuals specifically because they would fall into the category of unmarried people trying to get into the U.S. to get married due to only 12 percent of participating nations in the U.N. supporting gay marriage. At this time, TIME, Foreign Policy, ABC, The Week, The Hill, and more are all running with the narrative that Trump is doing this to punish the gay community.