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Trump, on Way Out, Continues Attacking LGBTQ+ Americans

Donald Trump and his minions are on their way out, but they’re still attacking LGBTQ+ Americans.

The Department of Health and Human Services has finalized a rule revoking an LGBTQ-inclusive antidiscrimination policy for organizations that receive grants through the agency. This includes organizations that provide adoption and foster care placements as well as those handling a variety of health care services.

It rescinds a policy put in place when Barack Obama was president, barring grantees from discriminating on the basis of sex, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity, and requiring them to recognize the validity of same-sex couples’ marriages. HHS said the policy interferes with faith-based groups’ free exercise of religion. But its revocation opens the door to discrimination against LGBTQ+ people, those who follow a religion different from the grantee’s, or others who somehow offend a grantee’s religious beliefs.

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