NBC News reports:
U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell says the Trump administration has strong backing at home from Republicans and even religious conservatives for its push to end laws that criminalize homosexuality in foreign countries, telling NBC News that he’s “wildly supported by both parties.”
In an exclusive interview in Berlin, Grenell says he has no concerns that the campaign he announced this week could trigger resistance from elements of President Donald Trump’s base, such as evangelicals who have pushed back against policies like gay marriage in the United States. He says the new global effort is focused narrowly on ending criminalization.
“This is a bipartisan push. People understand — religious people, individuals who may not always be in the LGBTI fight — they understand that criminalizing homosexuality is absolutely wrong,” Grenell said. “It is unbelievable to believe that in today’s world a 32 –year-old man in Iran can be hanged simply for being gay. That’s unacceptable.”
Some have speculated that first targeting Iran with this campaign is a tell that it’s actually just part of the Trump administration’s ongoing push to undermine the Iranian regime to the benefit of their arch enemy Israel, under the guise of “we’re merely helping the oppressed.”
That might explain why at this writing there’s still radio silence from US anti-LGBT and Christian groups. In the above-linked interview, Grenell says, “This is not just about Iran. This is about 71 countries and Iran is one of them.”
We’ll believe that when we see action against Trump allies like Saudi Arabia. Grenell is a leading contender to succeed Nikki Haley as UN ambassador.