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>> God will always give us solace and strength.>> President Trump could be laying the ground to weaken gay rights after saying in the campaign he'd protect them. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington. Where a well placed source is telling me the Trump administration is preparing an order. That would weaken anti-discrimination protections for gays, lesbians, and transgender people.
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This just days after the White House saying it would keep those protections in place. White House circulating what it calls a religious freedom draft. That would give employers greater latitude to act on their religious beliefs and deny benefits to gay employees. In his campaign, Trump made an explicit promise that he would protect the rights of gays and lesbians.
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>> Entrepeneur, Peter Thiel.>> Going so far as to feature pro-gay speakers at the Republican Convention for the first time ever.>> I am proud to be gay. I am proud to be a Republican.>>
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>> That puts him in conflict with conservatives in his party. Who oppose same sex marriage and say gays shouldn't be allowed to serve openly in the military.
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Rumors surfaced earlier this week. That Trump was preparing to roll back workplace discrimination protections put in place by President Obama. Prompting the White House to say Tuesday, that he would keep them intact. But at the same time, the White House developing an order that would direct the government to respect religious freedom.
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An important issue for evangelicals who backed Trump in the election and now are looking for results. According to draft versions circulating among activist groups and government agencies. The order would give religious groups greater latitude to get involved in politics. And would allow employers to deny birth control coverage to their employees on religious grounds.
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It also would allow government contractors. To refuse to help their gay and lesbian employees with adoption and other child welfare services.>> Freedom of religion is a sacred right. But it is also a right under threat.>> Trump promising to protect religious freedom at the national prayer breakfast on Thursday.
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>> My administration will do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty in our land.>> It's important to note that the White House could modify this order or decide not to act on it at all. It's one of many proposals floating around Washington at the moment.
00:02:07
But gay rights groups say that as written it would give the green light to discrimination despite Trump's earlier promises.