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Trump opposes Equality Act
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2019-05-14

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A senior Trump administration official told exclusively to the Washington Blade that the president opposes the bill.

"The Trump administration absolutely opposes discrimination of any kind and supports the equal treatment of all; however, this bill in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights," the official emailed.

The move is markedly different from what Trump said in 2000. Back then, he told The Advocate (while exploring a presidential run as a Reform Party candidate) that he liked the idea of amending the Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation—a key part of the Equality Act.

Plans are for the U.S. House of Representatives to vote on the Equality Act this Friday, May 17.

GLAAD President/CEO Sarah Kate Ellis slammed President Trump and his administration for opposing the Equality Act. In a press release, Ellis said, "President Trump's opposition to the Equality Act, a bill that would protect hard-working Americans against discrimination, shows the unyielding power that anti-LGBTQ activists like the Heritage Foundation have on this Administration. LGBTQ Americans will not forget the President's politically craven flip-flop on this fair and just legislation, which further cements his Administration's legacy of being the most anti-LGBTQ government in recent memory."

The full Blade item is at www.washingtonblade.com/2019/05/13/exclusive-trump-comes-out-against-equality-act/.



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