Sources Claim Trump Is Readying Anti-LGBT Executive Order

"We won't give one inch when it comes to defending equality," says HRC's JoDee Winterhof.

While progressives scramble to address President Trump’s executive order banning refugees from Muslim countries, sources are claiming his next fiat will undo protections for LGBT Americans put in place by President Obama.

LGBTQ Nation reports that sources indicate the order will “allow for discrimination in a number of areas, including employment, social services, business, and adoption.”

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 29:  President Donald Trump is seen through a window speaking on the phone with King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud, in the Oval Office of the White House, January 29, 2017 in Washington, DC. On Sunday, President Trump is making several phone calls with world leaders from the Oval Office.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Expected to come in the Trojan horse of “religious freedom,” it could allow federal contractors to discriminate against LGBT employees, enable marriage clerks to refuse to provide marriage licenses to gay couples, or allow adoption agencies that discriminate against same-sex parents to resume federal funding.

“The rumors of an anti-LGBTQ executive action by President Trump are deeply troubling,” JoDee Winterhof, the Human Rights Campaign‘s Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affair, said in a statement on the group’s site.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 29: Demonstrators gather near The White House to protest President Donald Trump's travel ban on seven Muslim countries on January 29, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump signed the controversial executive order that halted refugees and residents from predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
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“We already know that he is willing to target and marginalize at-risk communities for his perceived political gain. As the President and his team plan their next steps, we want to make one thing clear: we won’t give one inch when it comes to defending equality, whether it is a full-on frontal assault or an attack under the guise of religion.”

Winterhof added that HRC “will stand with those who have already been targeted by this administration and are prepared to fight tooth and nail against every effort to discriminate.”

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 25:  (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump (C) reads from one of the two executive orders he signed during a visit to the Department of Homeland Security January 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump signed two executive orders related to domestic security and to begin the process of building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Congressional Republicans have already committed to refiling the First Amendment Defense Act, which would protect businesses and individuals who discriminate against LGBT Americans. President Trump has said he would sign FADA, but an executive order would do away with the need for a vote.

Asked about the order, Trump press secretary Sean Spicer refused to comment.

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