Trump reportedly could sign religious liberty order; ACLU threatens to sue
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 03, 2017,
May 03, 2017, 9:42
One conservative, though, told the Politico the language remains "very, very strong".
The White House is expected to have an anti-LGBT+ religious liberty executive order signed on Thursday.
Several conservative leaders have been invited to the White House for the signing ceremony, Politico said.
According to the draft order, "any organization, including closely held for-profit corporations" can cite religious freedom in order to exempt themselves from recognizing same-sex marriage, transgender rights or contraception and abortion services. It sparked outrage and lead the White House to declare it would keep federal protections for LGBT workers.
The American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal, and other legal advocacy groups have announced plans to sue the federal government to stop the bill from being enforced. Although it purports to strengthen religious freedom, what this order would actually do is misuse this freedom, turning it into a weapon to discriminate against broad swaths of our nation, including LGBTQ people, women, and children in foster care. We'll be praying that courts challenge the order until Trump meets his maker.
GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said: 'If this possible executive order is similar to February's draft, it would do nothing except give a national license to discriminate, and endanger LGBTQ people and their families. "We urge you to turn away from all proposals that would abuse religious freedom, including any executive orders on this issue that are now under consideration". State attempts to pass legislation "protecting" religious organizations and individuals from complying with anti-discrimination laws have nearly universally failed.