Maloney blasts move to weaken LGBT protections

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney had a blistering response on Saturday to a Trump administration order that will weaken protections for LGBT people and others by instructing federal agencies to consider the religious beliefs of employers and federal grant recipients accused of discrimination.

“This is America dammit,” the Cold Spring Democrat said in a statement. “It doesn’t matter which religion you’re a part of or your marriage status or who you love – everyone gets fair access to government services and our taxpayer dollars don’t subsidize hate or bigotry. Everyone should be furious about this rule.”

He went on to list examples of people who could be fired or refused jobs or services under the color of religion, including single mothers and gay or divorced employees.

“This is discrimination pure and simple – and thanks to the Trump Administration it will be coming to a federal agency, contractor, or grant recipient near you,” Maloney said. “Things have gotten out of control and the Administration needs to roll back this garbage, anti-American rule. Who could possibly think this is a good idea?”

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