President Donald Trump’s new acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has a history of making homophobic remarks and voting against the laws that could improve the situation with LGBT rights in the country. In part he said that anti-discriminatory measures were a sort of persecution against religious people, who, he believes, should have been allowed to discriminate against LGBT people and their faith could be enough to excuse them for it. In July, at the State Department’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, he lashed out at President Barack Obama’s government, claiming that the money of the American taxpayers was used to discourage Christianity and its values in the USA and abroad. During his time in state government, he co-sponsored a law which banned same-sex marriage in South Carolina. He also told lawmakers that the state government should stop “advertising South Carolina to gay tourists in Europe” before winning election to the House of Representatives in 2010.