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White House States Barack Obama’s Executive Order Protecting LGBT Workers to ‘Remain Intact’ – But…

Yesterday we reported about the flurry of news reports that Donald trump is close to signing an Executive Order that would undo many of the LGBT protections set in place by former President Barack Obama.

After hearing of these reports today the White House released the following statement:

President Donald J. Trump is determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community. President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights, just as he was throughout the election. The President is proud to have been the first ever GOP nominee to mention the LGBTQ community in his nomination acceptance speech, pledging then to protect the community from violence and oppression. 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.

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But stating that they will leave Obama’s EO, which protects employees from anti-LGBTQ workplace discrimination while working for federal contractors, will remain intact does not mean that it cannot be changed by other means such as a Congressional vote or preclude another executive order that would roll back gay rights in other areas. Mr. Trump could, for example, still enshrine a religious freedom provision in federal policy.. 

Trump still stands opposed to same-sex marriage and has said he would “strongly consider” appointing a Supreme Court justice who would overturn the high court’s 2015 ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. He has surrounded himself with many  vocal opponents of LGBT rights. As governor of Indiana, Vice President Mike Pence backed a series of laws that allowed businesses to discriminate against gay people. Many of Trump’s Cabinet picks, including attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and  Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), have also been criticized for their anti-LGBT views and are openly bigoted to LGBT people

Also don’t forget that Trump has promised to sign the the anti-LGBT First Amendment Defense Act, which is being reintroduced  by its Republican sponsors in Congress, in his first 100 days.

Don’t be fooled kids this ain’t over.  Not by a long-shot.

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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