The Trump Administration issued a proposed rule today that strips existing protections for sexual orientation, gender identity, and for individuals in same-sex marriages in all programs and grants administered by the Department of Health and Human Services.”
The Department of Health & Human Services went public on Friday with the regulation, which will undo an Obama-era policy prohibiting discrimination discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation among federal grantees. The proposed regulation, which will have far-reaching implications, was immediately was criticized by LGBT rights supporters. Julie Kruse, director of federal policy at Family Equality Council, said in a statement the policy was “outrageous,” especially at the start of National Adoption Month.
“The American public overwhelmingly opposes allowing taxpayer-funded adoption and foster care agencies to turn away qualified parents simply because they are in a same-sex relationship,” Kruse said. According to NCTE, the rule will allow anti-trans discrimination in HIV and STI prevention programs, opioid programs, youth homelessness services, health professional training, substance-use recovery programs and other life-saving services.
Tha anti-LGBT recognized hate group the Family Research Council, applauded the Trump administration’s move saying that charities would no longer have to choose between “abandoning their faith or abandoning homeless children.”
Donald Trump on Sunday tweeted a video spinoff of him tackling and punching a man with the CNN logo superimposed on his face. CNN’s Brian Stelter points out that the video, which was likely tweeted by Trump’s social media director Dan Scavino, apparently came directly from a Reddit thread. Last week, deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders disputed allegations that the president encourages violence. “The president in no way, form or fashion has ever promoted or encouraged violence,” Sanders said on Thursday. The network responded to Trump’s tweet via Twitter by quoting Sanders. – via The Daily Beast
This morning Republican strategist Anna Navarro was a guest on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” and she rightly called Trump’s Twitter statements what they are—an incitement to violence against a free press. She added the president is surrounded by enablers and it is time for the Republican party and those around the president to stand up for democracy itself and say “no!”
Looking directly in the camera, she tells the audience, “America, we cannot stand for it.”
Speaking yesterday at the Federalist Society in Bozeman, Montana – Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia called gays an “invented minority” when he went off on another one of his long winded ramblings and referenced recent rulings on same-sex marriage, the AP reports:
“It’s not up to the courts to invent new minorities that get special protections,” Scalia told a packed hotel ballroom in southwestern Montana.The Supreme Court earlier this year cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California and struck down part of a federal law that prevents legally married gay couples from receiving benefits. Scalia voted against the majority of justices.Changes to the Constitution were made to protect minorities and to give women the right to vote, but that’s not how the court operates today, he said. Rather, a majority of five judges decide issues that should be in the hands of Congress or made through a change to the Constitution.
Scalia, also added that the the court’s justices are no better suited to decide what rights ought to exist than is “Joe Sixpack.” “These aren’t questions for lawyers. These are the kind of questions that society debates and decides.
Scalia would do well to remember that 100 years ago “Joe Sixpack” would’ve classified Scalia as a WOP and discriminated against him in housing, jobs, etc. But, like Clarence Thomas and so many other conservatives, now that he’s got his, he wants to make sure no one else gets theirs.