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LGBT issues present Trump with loyalty test

There was candidate Donald Trump in Colorado, waving a rainbow flag emblazoned with "LGBTs for Trump," a photo opportunity meant to signal he was a new brand of Republican when it comes to protecting LGBT Americans.

Four months later, faced with a major decision point on the issue, Trump's White House held up another slogan: defense of states' rights.

The administration's decision this week to revoke guidance on transgender students' use of public school bathrooms was an early test of Trump's loyalties — between the gay and lesbian community he said he supports but largely did not support him, and the social conservatives who helped drive his victory. It's a...