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Trump will be sued by LGBTI groups if he signs 'religious liberty' executive order

Religious freedom order will allow Christians to discriminate against LGBTI people

Trump will be sued by LGBTI groups if he signs 'religious liberty' executive order
Donald Trump faces legal action if he signs religious freedom executive order

Donald Trump will face legal action from LGBTI rights groups if he signs a ‘religious liberty’ executive order.

This legislation, pushed for heavily by Vice President Pence, would give Christian fundamentalists the right to discriminate against LGBTI people and women who they perceive as being ‘sexually immoral.’

Back in February, The Nation leaked a draft of the executive order. It’s unclear as to whether this four-page document will be what the President signs today, but organizations such as Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) plan to take legal action if the final executive order is at all similar.

‘Obviously we need to see what it says but if it resembles the leaked executive order—if it’s going to harm LGBT individuals and women and religious minorities—we will absolutely be filing suit,’ Brigitte Amiri, senior staff attorney at the ACLU, said.

The leaked version of the bill gave ‘wholesale exemptions’ in already existing anti-discrimination laws for any ‘people and organizations who claim religious or moral objections to same-sex marriage, premarital sex, abortion, and trans identity.’

Two senior administration officials confirmed the plan to Politico. As 4 May is the National Day of Prayer, the administration planned to celebrate the day with religious leaders.

‘Donald Trump’s rumored unconstitutional action is nothing more than a license-to-discriminate order that puts millions of LGBTQ people at risk,’ said Chad Griffin, President of the HRC.

‘There is no religious freedom crisis in America today, but there is a crisis of hate and discrimination. At a time when two-thirds of all LGBTQ people report having experienced discrimination, Donald Trump is making the problem worse by giving legal cover to perpetrators. By even considering this discriminatory order he has broken his promise to be a president for all Americans.’

‘If President Trump signs an executive order that attempts to provide a license to discriminate against women or LGBT people, we will see him in court,’ Louise Melling, deputy legal director at the ACLU.


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