A White House official speaking on the condition of anonymity has told New Civil Rights Movement that high ranking officials in the Trump administration are discussing the preparation of an executive order which would roll back and nullify President Barack Obama’s 2014 executive orders which protect employees from anti-LGBT workplace discrimination while working for federal contractors.
President Barack Obama’s orders protect approximately one in five workers across the nation.
The official also acknowledged that discussions have included creating what would amount to a loophole allowing federal employees to discriminate or refuse service on the basis of “sincerely-held religious beliefs.”
The White House did not immediately respond to NCRM’s request for comment.
There are no religious exemptions in the executive orders President Obama signed.
UPDATE I: 1:47 PM EST –
A congressional source tells NCRM the order will be signed this week, sometime between now and Thursday.
UPDATE II 2:50 PM EST –
The White House told NCRM Monday afternoon that there would not be any comment on any pending executive orders nor on any actions not finalized. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer also refused to answer a question from The Washington Blade posed during the daily press briefing about the possible executive order.