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NCLR responds Trump’s executive order expanding religious exemptions

NCLR says order “revised after LGBTQ community came out in full force” and that “the LGBTQ community will not stand down”

(San Francisco, CA, May 4, 2017)—Today, President Trump signed an executive order expanding religious exemptions, weakening our nation’s commitment to separation between church and state and permitting decisions about employees’ access to health care to be made based on the personal religious views of employers.

National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq. issued the following statement:


“Faced with broad opposition and resistance, Trump revised his executive order. The LGBTQ community came out in full force against threats to sanction taxpayer-funded discrimination against our community, and Trump decided he wanted out of that fight. But today’s executive order still does damage to the fabric of our democracy by taking aim at one of our core principles: separation of church and state. And vast numbers of LGBTQ people, their loved ones, and families will be impacted by allowing access to reproductive health care to be contingent on employers’ personal religious views. The LGBTQ community will not stand down, we will continue to forcefully challenge these injustices.”  

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