The House passed a massive National Defense Authorization Act late Wednesday, and tucked inside of it, a provision that would allow federal contractors to fire employees for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.The language, slipped into the bill by Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.), would dismantle President Barack Obama’s 2014 executive action that makes it illegal for government contractors to fire or harass employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity
Trump’s Health Secretary Pick Leaves Nation’s Doctors Divided
Donald Trump picks another controversial figure to head the health department. Tom Price, a physician, has conservative opinions on healthcare and favors “patient choice and market-based solutions” and wants to reduce “excessive regulatory burdens” on doctors. But Mr. Price is criticized for opposing affordable care act, contraception and gay rights as well as medicare and medicaid as it stands!
Justice Dept. Says Rights Law Doesn’t Protect Gays
The Department of Justice has filed court papers arguing that a major federal civil rights law does not protect employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation, taking a stand against a decision reached under former President Barack Obama.
Trump announces ban on transgender people in U.S. military
President Trump announced on Twitter Wednesday that he will ban transgender people from serving in the military in any capacity, reversing an Obama administration decision to allow them to serve openly and drawing dismay and anger from advocates.
Newly Minted House GOP Nominee Recently Defended Gay Conversion Therapy
Republicans’ newly minted nominee to face Rep. Annie Kuster (D-NH) this
fall recently defended gay conversion therapy, a deeply controversial
practice of treating homosexuality and transgender identity as mental
illnesses or addictions that can be cured.
Trump EEOC nominee held up by Sen. Mike Lee for supporting LGBTQ rights
Conservative Sen. Mike Lee is taking a lone stand against
a Trump nominee, blocking her from joining the office that takes
workplace complaints because of her support for LGBTQ rights. Lee has argued
that the nominee, Chai Feldblum, wants to “use the might of government
to stamp out traditional marriage supporters” and called for a nominee
“who respects the institution of marriage and religious freedom for all