Sessions' DOJ reverses transgender workplace protections

The Justice Department issued legal guidance across the federal government Friday that outlines how agencies should interpret religious freedom protections - a broad directive that supporters say allows individuals to live and work in a manner consistent with their religion. This could open the door for widespread, religious-based discrimination against women, LGBT people, people of minority faiths and races, and others in a variety of contexts. [He was gay.] The judges are expected to decide if the Title VII provision of the 1964 Civil Rights Act that protects against discrimination based on gender should also apply to discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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Because of a new interim final rule announced October 6 by the Trump administration, clients of First Liberty are now exempt from the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate, which forced businesses, ministries, and other non-profit organizations to reject their religious beliefs and moral convictions or violate the law.

But the guidance says that for-profit companies have some religious protections, saying the Religious Freedom Restoration Act "extends not just to individuals, but also to organizations, associations and at least some for-profit corporations".

"It's time for Sessions to stop using the Justice Department as a tool for division and discrimination".

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The memo, which dovetailed with another rule from President Donald Trump's administration Friday that extended exceptions from the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate to religiously affiliated organizations, gives guidance across federal agencies about a new series of stances on religious expression.

The new DOJ memo comes amid a flurry of policy moves by the Trump administration this week that will disproportionately affect women and the LGBTQ community, including a rollback of the federal birth control mandate and a reversal of government policy that protected transgender workers from discrimination. "A license to discriminate goes against our core American values and I fear that the guidance the Justice Department issued today is not created to help agencies comply with the law, but rather to give them greater leeway to condone discrimination against LGBTQ people, women and others".

Senior Justice Department officials said the guidance was not meant to be a policy position, but rather, an interpretation of existing federal law.

"Agencies receiving federal funding, and even their individual staff members, [to] refuse to provide services to LGBTQ children in crisis, or to place adoptive or foster children with a same-sex couple or transgender couple simply because of who they are".

"The plain truth is that Attorney General Sessions is running the Justice Department with a clear anti-transgender bias - not current law". If federal agencies develop policies that permit discrimination, Taylor says that Lambda Legal and other groups will file lawsuit challenging those changes.

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Those third parties are frequently women who want to make their own reproductive decisions and people who are LGBTQ.

Sessions's letter states that "the Justice Department must and will continue to affirm the dignity of all people, including transgender individuals".

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"The Trump Administration would do well to remember that the civil rights of the American people are rooted in our ideals and enshrined in our Constitution, and are not contingent on the bigoted beliefs of Attorney General Jeff Sessions". Seventeen years ago, the federal appellate court in Boston concluded that discrimination against a transgender person could violate law as a form of sex discrimination.

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