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Reason To Be Ever-Vigilant Over Gay Rights

February 3, 2017

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump helped lead the charge to scuttle a draft executive order that would have overturned Obama-era enforcements of LGBT rights in the workplace, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation told POLITICO.

A draft executive order on LGBT rights – which outlines how to roll back former president Barack Obama’s protections and expand legal exemptions based on religious beliefs had been circulating among journalists and worried progressive groups this week.   The news of such efforts brought angst to many gay Americans and their allies.

But two sources close to Kushner and Ivanka Trump, who have in the past been supporters of gay rights, said the young couple were both in favor of putting out a clear statement from Trump, promising to uphold the 2014 Obama executive order and stopping the momentum for the turnaround in its tracks.

Going forward all will need to be mindful that there are many in this White House who harbor ill-will towards gay Americans.  We need to support those who work in our behalf and be vigilant in our efforts to thwart those who seek to remove our rights.  For now thanks to Kushner and Ivanka for their work.  Meanwhile shame on those who seek to undo social progress.

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