Donald Trump is expected to sign a revised version of a controversial executive order on religious freedoms that could enshrine specific conservative Christian beliefs in United States executive policy, it has been claimed.
The publication cited two senior administration officials confirming that the executive order, after "reviewing and fine-tuning the draft language" was set to be signed Thursday.
The earlier draft, which the White House stepped away from in a public statement, would have given much religious freedom to discriminate against same-sex marriage, premarital sex, abortion, and trans identity, according to the leak. According to the website's source, its language is "very, very strong" and similar to the leaked February order's. The American Civil Liberties Union and the pro-LGBT firm Lambda Legal have already threatened to immediately sue should Trump sign the religious freedom order.
Representatives from the ACLU and Human Rights Campaign claimed in an email to The Post that the order would "create a sweeping license to discriminate, permit government contractors to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, gut coverage for women's healthcare, and more".
Applauded by conservatives and evangelicals, that draft also drew criticism from liberals as well as the LGBT community who argued it amounted to government-licensed discrimination.
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It is hard to predict how broadly the waivers would affect the millions of people with pre-existing conditions. However, he criticized "this idea that pre-existing conditions should be used to set rates".
Democrats have complained that religious liberty laws give business owners the right to discriminate against people.
'For years, anti-LGBTQ organizations have been trying to legalize discrimination under the guise of religion.
A group of 18 Republican Senators and 51 Congresspeople including Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have signed letters urging Trump to sign the executive order.
"Although it purports to strengthen religious freedom, what this order would actually do is misuse this freedom, turning it into a weapon to discriminate against broad swaths of our nation, including LGBTQ people, women, and children in foster care", it read. Rabbi David Saperstein, who recently ended his tenure as USA religious freedom ambassador for the State Department, told members of Congress in February he believes the proposed order poses "significant constitutional problems".
Stutzman said she was exercising her First Amendment rights, but the court held that her floral arrangements do not constitute protected free speech, and that providing flowers to a same-sex wedding would not serve as an endorsement of same-sex marriage.