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House LGBT Equality Caucus Condemns the Trump Administration’s Repeal of Faith-Based Regulations

Jan 16, 2020
Press Release

DATE:  January 16th, 2020

CONTACT:  Shawn.Gaylord@mail.house.gov; 202-225-2305

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

House LGBT Equality Caucus Condemns the Trump Administration’s Repeal of Faith-Based Regulations

Washington D.C. –  The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus is responding to dangerous proposals by the Trump Administration that would remove key non-discrimination requirements for faith-based social service providers that receive taxpayer funding. The repeal of these regulations being proposed by the Trump Administration violates religious freedom and will disproportionately harm particularly vulnerable populations, including the LGBTQ community.

“Once again, the Trump Administration is trampling on religious freedom and endangering the lives of the LGBTQ community. This harmful proposal to repeal crucial non-discrimination protections at faith-based organizations that receive taxpayer funding will prevent LGBTQ individuals from obtaining much-needed social services. By giving these social services providers the ability to deny individuals access to services like housing, food, and medical care on religious grounds, the negative effects of these proposals will reverberate across our community,” said Co-Chair Rep. Mark Takano. “The LGBT Equality Caucus will not sit back as the Trump Administration continues to dismantle crucial non-discrimination protections to the detriment of vulnerable members of the LGBTQ community. We will fight this taxpayer-funded discrimination and continue to defend the dignity of all LGBTQ Americans.”

Many LGBTQ individuals benefit from government- funded services provided through faith-based institutions, such as housing, medical care, and counseling. The removal of these key non-discrimination requirements will prevent many LGBTQ individuals from seeking services they are entitled to. This latest proposal follows a pattern of regulatory rollbacks that harm and target the LGBTQ community, including one made in November of 2019, which repealed requirements for HHS grant recipients to enforce non-discrimination rules that prohibit discrimination on a number of bases, including sexual orientation or gender identity.

Founded in 2008, the mission of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus is to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality. The Caucus, which is led by the seven openly LGBT members of Congress, is strongly committed to achieving the full enjoyment of human rights for LGBT people in the U.S. and around the world.

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