The head of the Human Rights Campaign ripped into President Trump in a new interview with the Hill.TV, calling him “the worst president on LGBTQ issues ever.”
HRC president Alphonso David pointed to a new Trump administration rule that would allow some faith-based foster care and adoption groups that receive federal funding to exclude LGBT families.
Hill.TV co-host Saagar Enjeti responded that Trump is “openly pro-gay marriage” and that David’s claim seemed “facile and ridiculous.”
David argued that Trump is “attacking LGBTQ people for who they are.”
“We are living in an uncharted territory where LGBT people are being attacked every single day by the Trump administration and the [Department of Health and Human Services] rule is just one of many examples where the Trump administration is targeting gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people,” he said.
David also argued that perceived discrimination is happening within a number of federal agencies, including the Department of Labor.
The discrimination he pointed to was how the Labor Department proposed a rule in August that allowed “religion-exercising organizations” with federal contracts to raise religious exemptions if they were accused of biased hiring practices.
The Labor Department argued that this rule will protect religious freedoms.
David slammed the proposed rule, noting that it would give these groups a “blanket license to discriminate.”
“If you are providing a service to the public, you can’t allow these agencies to be essentially discriminating against same-sex couples or discriminating against women,” he said.
“What this rule will allow these agencies to do is to discriminate in a blanket fashion,” he continued.
“It’s essentially saying, ‘I’m not going to allow adoption-related services to any families unless they’re Christian-based families.’”
In September, David warned that the Trump administration was “using playbooks of the past to turn us against one another.”
“There has been and continues to be a widespread indifference and bigotry advanced through the highest halls of power in a fundamental regression of our society,” he said at his first HRC National Dinner as president. “At the core of this moral recession is Donald Trump, Mike Pence and a cadre of lieutenants.”
“This federal administration is using playbooks of the past to turn us against one another. They have artfully sought to use our identities as a sword and create false hierarchies to force us into believing that we lose something by simply recognizing someone else as a human being.”
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