Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Trump Reconsidering Removing Obama-Era Protections For The LGBTQ Community

A letter has been sent by 51 Republican lawmakers asking Donald Trump to scale back Obama-era protections for gays and lesbians against workplace discrimination.

It's hard to believe with all of the things we are facing as a country at this present time that the lawmakers would think this was the ideal moment to bring this issue up.

But with Trump being as flakey as he is I guess they want to make sure he makes good on his campaign promise to protect "religious liberties" which apparently in their minds means oppressing LGBTQ people.

You see back in February, Trump was reportedly considering an executive order that would reverse former president Barack Obama's orders prohibiting discrimination against gays and lesbians in the federal workforce or by federal contractors.

But he never quite got around to signing it.

The house Republicans, who obviously thought this was a serious prick tease maneuver, wrote to Trump to remind him how hot they were to discriminate against gays and lesbians...

"(We) request that you sign the draft executive order on religious liberty, as reported by numerous outlets on February 2, 2017, in order to protect millions of Americans whose religious freedom has been attacked or threatened over the last eight years.

The letter, though not publicly released was obtained by USA TODAY and can be read in full HERE.

The letter comes after an earlier plea by the 51 congressmen was met by this rebuff by Trump...

"The executive order signed in 2014, which protects employees from anti-LGBTQ workplace discrimination while working for federal contractors, will remain intact at the direction of President Donald J. Trump.

But with Trump having accomplished next to nothing in his first 100 days, and is now looking for any scraps he can pass, the 51 lawmakers must be feeling emboldened.

So on Monday, a White House official who did not want to publicly discuss a policy that is still under development, let it be known that some sort of policy to protect religious liberty is still in the works.

The official said that while Trump has been clear about his support for the LGBTQ community he also believes there should be policies that allow for people to express and maintain their strongly held religious beliefs.

Beyond the workforce protections, the widely circulated draft order that Trump reneged on would have eliminated the contraceptive mandate that requires religious institutions to provide health insurance for birth control.

With that in mind the the Republicans lawmakers are also pushing for the order to allow for doctors to refuse to perform abortions based on religion and are lobbying for religious non-profits groups to be able to express political opinions without losing their tax-exempt status.

Let's see how low Trump is willing to go just to get some more "wins" underneath his belt to get some of those 100 day bragging rights.

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