The Trump Administration is composing a draft of an executive order about “religious freedom,” the draft includes weakening of legislation implemented to protect LGBT individuals from discrimination, ABC News reveals.
The order is not official yet, but it would exempt certain companies from being forced to provide birth control as part of health plans for their employees. It would also introduce tax-exempt entities such as churches, to speak out “on moral or political issues from a religious perspective” without the potential fear of losing their valued tax-exempt status.
White House officials reported to ABC News that the draft appeared to be among the hundreds of potential policies being drafted by the Trump administration, but they claim not all orders “reflect administration thinking” or favored policy. An official did not state who’s responsible for the possible executive order but did not dismay its validity.
“We do not have plans to sign anything at this time but will let you know when we have any updates,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a White House correspondent, stated.
The drafted order began appeared in the Trump administration on Tuesday, just hours after a statement issued b The Trump White House committee explaining that the president is leaving intact workplace discrimination protections by former President Obama placed to protect LGBT individuals.
“President Donald J. Trump is determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community,” the White House stated Tuesday morning. “President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights, just as he was throughout the election.”
Learn more about this potential executive order here: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-executive-order-draft-curtail-lgbt-rights/story?id=45209220