Despite his many faults, Donald Trump was publicly in favor of gay marriage eight years before Hillary Clinton made her pivot in 2013. I realize it was easier for him to express those views in 2005 because he wasn't a politician worried about votes, but on the other hand, that also shows it's what he really believed, again because he wasn't a politician pandering for votes. By contrast, if Clinton genuinely cared about gay rights, such as marriage equality and the repeal of DADT, why didn't she champion these issues and push legislation on them during her eight years in the Senate? It would have helped to have the world's most influential woman on our side, and although it might not have been easy, it's what a leader would have done. Instead, it feels as if she waited on the sidelines until after we reached those milestones, then she rushed up and announced, "Oh yeah, that's what I would have done."
Even in this election, the only time I heard either candidate bring up gay issues was when Trump repeatedly condemned anti-gay violence in Orlando and the Middle East, which is all the more impressive because casting terrorism as an anti-gay issue must lose him more voters than it gains. He's far from perfect, but he's the most socially liberal Republican nominee in my lifetime, and between him and Clinton, I think he's the only one who genuinely cares about gay rights.