Maybe Donald Trump wouldn’t hurt a fly. But he sure has a knack for selecting people who will do it for him, and then backing them.
Vice President Mike Pence came to national prominence when he was governor of Indiana, and signed a “RFRA” bill into law. “RFRA” stands for Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Indiana’s bill was more sweeping than the prior federal legislation or legislation in many other states because it permitted people to argue RFRA protections in civil suits, where the government was not a party.
Religious freedom sounds nifty, right? Until your doctor says that he will not prescribe birth control for you, because he can’t, in good conscience, do that. Or until you and your same-sex spouse need a room for the night and a bed-and-breakfast owner refuses you a room because your relationship is “detestable” and “defiles [their] land”.
One of this nation’s founding ideals is that no single religion should have primacy. That is, freedom OF religion also includes freedom FROM religion. And never mind whether you think children should be required to pray in schools, or should utter the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance — when it comes to basic public services, like obtaining medical care or a place to put your head for the night, it’s hard to see why one person’s else’s religious convictions, however sincere, should control another person’s access to these basic services.
In 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 13672, which protected civilian federal workers from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. In 2017, Trump rescinded it.
Now Trump is going to advance Pence’s agenda, and remove more protections which enable TLBG people to participate in our society as equal citizens.
Here’s how you can make your voice heard:
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