Dems slam Trump while reigniting fight for LGBT rights

Dems slam Trump while reigniting fight for LGBT rights
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Democrats slammed President Trump on Tuesday as they reignited efforts to protect LGBT people from discrimination.

“The Trump administration has quickly proved it will not defend and respect the rights of LGBT Americans,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at a press conference to reintroduce the Equality Act.

The bill, led by Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) and Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyOvernight Energy: Warren bill would force companies to disclose climate impacts | Green group backs Gillum in Florida gov race | Feds to open refuge near former nuke site Warren wants companies to disclose more about climate change impacts DHS transferred about 0M from separate agencies to ICE this year: report MORE (D-Ore.), outlaws discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations and financial services.

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Democrats highlighted the Trump administration’s recent decisions to roll back guidance that allowed transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity, advance an anti-LGBT secretary of the Navy and leave LGBT questions off the 2020 census.

"On top of that, we continue to battle against the constant threat that the president will unravel rights for LGBT Americans through the so-called religious freedom executive actions," said Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.).

"More than ever before we need the Equality Act to finally give all Americans, regardless of who they love or how they love, the equal protections that we deserve."

Polis said Congress needs to pass the bill to ensure rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender Americans don't depend on a particular president or a particular attorney general.

“We’re here to make very clear President Trump does not represent who we are as a nation,” Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurraySunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Overnight Health Care: HHS diverts funds to pay for detaining migrant children | Health officials defend transfers | Lawmakers consider easing drug company costs in opioids deal Trump health official defends funding shifts to pay for detained migrant children MORE (D-Wash.) said.

“I want my children and grandchildren to live in a country where respect is valued, not derided, where bullies lose, not win, where hate is pushed back, not harnessed for political ends, and everyone, no matter where they come from or who they love, or who they are, are protected, respected and supported.”

Cicilline said the bill has 194 House co-sponsors, including one Republican. On the Senate side, Merkley said 46 Democrats have co-sponsored the legislation, but no Republicans.

“The bill has the co-sponsorship of 242 members of Congress, which is significant, and this introduction is the largest number of people at least in the House that we’ve ever had on the Equality Act,” Cicilline said. “So we’re building support.”

But he said it’s up to Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHow does the 25th Amendment work? Sinema, Fitzpatrick call for long-term extension of Violence Against Women Act GOP super PAC drops .5 million on Nevada ad campaign MORE (R-Wis.) to bring the bill to the floor for a vote.

“I have every confidence that if the bill came to the floor it would pass because I think more members of Congress would recognize that voting to continue practices of discrimination against individuals is un-American and we would ,in fact, be successful in passing it,” he said. “We have a lot of work to do to get to that point."