Last week, we reported about a recently engaged gay couple that were interviewed by Wall Street Journal’s Jason Bellini during a Trump rally in Cincinnati.
Asked why exactly they want Donald Trump to be the next president, one looked at the other and laughed, “Hmmmm, I don’t know baby… Why?”
His boyfriend quickly replied: “Tired’a the bullshit government! I work in the steel in-dus-try I see it hardcore at the trades and stuff. Time for a change. Trump’s the man for it.”
Bellini’s video went viral — receiving over 196k views, 707 shares, and 900 comments on facebook but the one thing that was missing is that the couple, and the WSJ never identified them.
Back2Stonewall had numerous tips from follower’s about the couples identities and believing in full disclosure we identified them as 31-year-old Dewey Lainhart and his 22 *cough – cough* -year-old fiancé Cody Moore of Middleton, OH stressing a “civil conversation” about the problems of Donald Trump being elected and the major ramifications it would cause the LGBT community.
Since then the couple now report that they have been threatened since the video came out and their names released. Even though no negative comments or threats appear on their Facebook page and they never reached out to us asking that their names be removed.
Most of the comments that ridiculed Lainhart and Moore were posted on reporter Jason Belini’s Facebook page for supporting Mr. Trump — calling them “rednecks” and suggesting that someone should “take away their gay card.” but Moore insists that because of this website making their names public that they have received hundreds of hateful messages, including some threatening physical violence. But of course presenting no evidence.
WSJ’s Jason Bellini reached out to Back2Stonewall for a comment on this and we obliged.
Will Kohler, the gay activist behind Back2Stonewall, says the men should have foreseen the possibility they would be recognized.
“It’s disheartening that people made hateful comments,” Mr. Kohler said. “But a lot of people might find it hateful itself to support a man who if selected will take away all the rights and… equality that the LGBT community has made over the past 45 years.”
In a followup interview Lainhart says he excuses Mr. Trump believing gay marriage should have been left to the states because his candidate now considers the issue settled by the Supreme Court’s decision. He says he doesn’t like the record on gay issues of Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, the Indiana governor who signed a law allowing businesses to refuse to serve gays and lesbians.
“I’m not voting for the vice president. I’m voting for Trump,” he says.
In the wake of the backlash, Mr. Lainhart says he has been vigilant and says he carries a gun “because I love the Second Amendment.”
Lainhart added bothered him most was when he and his fiance were called “privileged white guys.”
He says he works 40 to 80 hours a week in a blue-collar job to afford his home and his car.
“We’re both two country folks,” he says. (Middleton, Ohio has a population of about 48,694 people. The racial makeup of the city is 83.3%White, 11.7% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 1.6% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.8% of the population.
Mr. Moore calls the gay community’s reaction “extreme.”
“The gay community is not a very supportive group,” he says. adding they don’t regret doing the interview, but claim it’s “put a damper” on their excitement over their recent engagement.