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Rumors are abound that President Donald Trump is planning to soon sign an executive order that would rock the LGBTQ community, and not in a good way. A White House spokesperson speaking to the press insisted that no such order is currently in the works.
Although unconfirmed, the rumors have caused the Human Rights Organization to take a major prevent posture commenting that any such order would be “deeply troubling.”
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Below is a reveal of the rumored executive order, according to heavy.
The rumors on January 30 started with a tweet from Washington Post reporter Josh Rogin. He reported that the order would include measures on “adoption.” “I’m told reliably there is a draft Executive order on LGBT issues including adoption. Details and timing unclear,” Rogin first wrote. He later added, “Follow up: Admin source says LGBT EO could affect federal employee benefits & protections & adoption agencies that receive federal funding. More: EO could allow fed employees to refuse to serve LGBT based on belief marriage is b/t man & woman or gender is immutable from birth.” If the order does focus on “federal employee benefits” as Rogin reports, the order could be an attempt to pull back an executive order President Barack Obama signed in July 2014 that prohibits “federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.”
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that he wasn’t sure if Trump planned to keep the 2014 order in place. “I have to get back to you on that. I don’t know that we’ve gotten that far in the list of executive orders, but I’d be glad to get back to you,” Spicer said.
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