President Trump has said he does not intend to rescind President Obama’s LGBT nondiscrimination executive orders. At the same time, draft executive orders have been circulating that would cut large holes in those protections by allowing discrimination based on religion by federal contractors and grantees, including child welfare agencies, hospitals and many others. We have received word that the Trump Administration is intending to release such an executive order this week, very likely on Thursday in connection with the National Prayer Breakfast.
In addition, Trump has just announced that he is nominating Neil Gorsuch, judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, to the U.S. Supreme Court. This nomination is not a surprise and many of our organizations already have taken the unusual step of immediately opposing this nomination, before a confirmation hearing, because Judge Gorsuch’s record reflects hostility towards LGBT people and other marginalized communities. In particular, Judge Gorsuch embraces an extreme view of religious rights to defy laws that protect others, specifically including workers and their access to health care.
Part of the strategy of Trump’s recent statements about LGBT people seems to be to distract attention from the horrendous orders of last week—the Muslim ban and the previous orders affecting women, reproductive rights and health care access generally. It also seems calculated to divide communities, as if LGBT people are not also Muslim, immigrants and women.
If a “religious right to discriminate” executive order is released following this alarming Supreme Court nomination, it will be more important than ever to gather to protest all of these actions and to fight Trump’s divide-and-conquer strategy. Join us the evening following the announcement of the executive order, probably Thursday, February 2, to raise your voice and let the Trump Administration know – NOT THIS TIME.
What: Unity March Discrimination
Where: South Steps of Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N. Spring St.
When: 6:00 pm PT the day the executive order is released, probably this Thursday, February 2.
Sign up here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1060021254108293/