Donald Trump's maternity leave plan leaves out gay dads

Sat. September 17, 2016 7:53 PM by Carlos Santoscoy

In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump's daughter, conceded that her father's maternity plan does not cover gay dads.

The policy, unveiled on Tuesday, promises six weeks of paid-time off for recent mothers.

Ivanka Trump is credited with forming the plan, which she promoted during a speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland where her father accepted the Republican presidential nomination.

Prachi Gupta asked Trump how a two-dad family would be impacted by the policy.

"This is a giant leap from where we are today, which is sadly, nothing," she said. "Both sides of the aisle have been unable to agree on this issue, so I think this takes huge advancement and obviously, for same-sex couples as well, there's tremendous benefit here to enabling the mother to recover after childbirth. It's critical for the health of the mother. It's critical for bonding with the child, and that was a top focus of this plan."

"So I just want to be clear that, for same-sex adoption, where the two parents are both men, they would not be receiving special leave for that because they don't need to recover or anything?" Gupta pressed.

"Well, those are your words, not mine," Trump responded. "Those are your words. The plan, right now, is focusing on mothers, whether they be in same-sex marriages or not."

In a Fox News interview, Trump told Megyn Kelly that Hillary Clinton's website has no policy "pertaining to any of these issues: child care, elder care, or maternity leave or paternity leave, for that matter."

Clinton's policy – tucked on her website under a prominent tab labeled "issues" – promises up to twice (12 weeks) the amount of paid family and medical leave to care for a new child or a seriously ill family member.

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