On the campaign trail, President Donald Trump said he was a better candidate for gay rights than Hilary Clinton. Yesterday the President proved the opposite is true.
On Tuesday Donald Trump signed an executive order that allowed federal contractors to discriminate against LGBTQ employees. Trump’s order revokes Executive Order 13673, the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Order”, signed by his predecessor President Obama.
The order, signed in 2014, requires companies that receive large federal contracts to show they have acted in compliance with federal anti-LGBTQ discrimination laws for at least three years.
Camilla Taylor, a senior legal counsel at Lambda Legal, has said that by signing this executive order President Trump has “made it extremely difficult to enforce these federal laws as applied to federal contractors.
It’s sending a message to these companies that the federal government simply doesn’t care whether or not they violate the law.
Order 13673 obligated federal contractors to comply with 14 anti-discrimination laws. These include Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act, which prohibits discrimination based on sex and sexual orientation.
Another affected piece of legislation is Executive Order 11246, signed by President Johnson in 1965. This order prohibits federal contractors from discriminating based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
LGBTQ activists hailed Obama’s signing of order 13673 as a historic moment for LGBTQ rights as it would protect millions of workers from unjust discrimination.
Trump wants to destroy Obama’s legacy, and this is just another step on his path to achieving his goal. Trump is about and vindictive as they come.
He is absolutely willing to cut off his nose in order to spite his face, or in this instance destroy Obama’s legacy even if it does prove he is no friend of LGBTQ Americans.
Watch Trump lying about his stance on LGBTQ rights below:
Trump on Saudi Arabia, the Clintons, women and “the gays” https://t.co/8OzX9IJbNg
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) June 15, 2016