Monday, May 13, 2019

Shocker: Donald Trump Opposes The Equality Act

Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade reports that Donald Trump will oppose the Equality Act, set for a vote in the full House of Representatives this Friday.
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Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade reports that Donald Trump will oppose the Equality Act, set for a vote in the full House of Representatives this Friday.

With a vote on the Equality Act in the U.S. House expected on Friday, a senior administration official indicated exclusively to the Washington Blade that President Trump opposes the bill.

“The Trump administration absolutely opposes discrimination of any kind and supports the equal treatment of all; however, this bill in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights,” the senior administration official said via email.

More details about Trump’s position on the Equality Act may come soon from the White House, which traditionally issues a Statement of Administration Policy when legislation comes to the floor of either chamber of Congress.

The Equality Act would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act to ban anti-LGBTQ discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, jury service, education, federal programs and credit.

During the 2016 presidential election, Trump laughingly promised to be "better for the gays" than Hillary Clinton.

The Blade also harkens back to an interview with The Advocate in 2000, when Trump was considering a third party run for the White House, where he said he supported amending the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sexual orientation.

Let's face it - no one expected Trump to support the Equality Act. And fortunately for him, the U.S. Senate will protect him from having to veto the legislation since it will never get a vote in the Senate.



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