Dems hit Trump on National Coming Out Day
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Democrats are slamming President TrumpDonald John TrumpMexican presidential candidate vows to fire back at Trump's 'offensive' tweets Elizabeth Warren urges grads to fight for 'what is decent' in current political climate Jim Carrey takes aim at Kent State grad who posed with AR-10 MORE on National Coming Out day, with the chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) calling the Trump administration "openly hostile to LGBTQ people."

“Unfortunately, this year’s celebration is clouded by a presidency that is openly hostile to LGBTQ people. Donald Trump, Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceAnti-Maduro Venezuelans not unlike anti-Castro Cubans of yore Congress is still doing nothing to save Christians in the Middle East Liberal students, colleges should learn from Liberty University's civility MORE, and their administration began attacking the LGBTQ community on their first day in office," said DNC Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE and DNC LGBT Caucus Chair Earl Fowlkes in a statement. 

"They retracted the Department of Education’s guidance on transgender students, abandoned America’s global leadership role on LGBTQ rights, proposed cuts to HIV/AIDS testing and care, and just last week reinterpreted the law to give businesses a license to discriminate."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a separate statement that the administration is engaged in a "mean-spirited and malicious campaign against LGBT Americans."

"The White House's 'License to Discriminate' guidelines are the latest assault on the rights of the LGBT community and open the floodgates to cruel, immoral discrimination against vulnerable Americans," the California Democrat added, referring to a memo issued by the Justice Department establishing federal guidelines on religious liberty. 

Trump signed a controversial but largely symbolic executive order in May calling to "vigorously promote religious liberty" and preventing the IRS from punishing and taking "adverse action" against nonprofit religious groups who engage in political speech but do not make official political endorsements. It offers exemptions for religious groups from participating in activities that they say violate their religious convictions.

The Human Rights Campaign, a leading civil rights group, said the guidelines allow for a "sweeping license to discriminate" against vulnerable groups for giving "legal cover" to those who violate discrimination laws. 

A 20-page memo issued by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsChris Christie compares Mueller investigation to 'Bridgegate' probe Oakland mayor fires back at Trump: ‘It’s my duty to protect my residents’ McCabe lawyer fires back at Trump: 'You need to stop lying’ MORE in October reinforces religious liberty as a fundamental human right, which “includes the right to act or abstain from action in accordance with one’s religious beliefs.”