May 3, 2017 at 1:39 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
Anti-Trump coalition protests ‘religious freedom’ executive order
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(Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

A coalition of leaders from civil rights groups protested Wednesday in Lafayette Park in anticipation of President Trump signing a “religious freedom” executive order that would enable anti-LGBT discrimination.

LGBT rights advocates, civil rights leaders and lawmakers called the executive order Trump’s latest attempt at targeting minority communities following his actions seeking to bar U.S. entry to immigrants from Muslim-majority countries and expel undocumented immigrants from the United States.

Speakers at the event included Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, a former White House LGBT liaison under the Obama administration, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin, National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey and Winnie Stachelberg, executive vice president of external affairs at the Center for American Progress.

The lawmakers in attendance were Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), known for his support for LGBT rights, and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), who attended the protest after introducing the Equality Act in the U.S. Senate on the previous day.

“When you go into a business and you open your door in America, you open your door to everyone,” Merkley said. “You don’t get to slam the door shut because of a color of person’s skin, you don’t get to slam the door shut because of their gender, and here in America, we need to make sure that you can’t just slam the door shut because of who a person is or who they love.”

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

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  • It’s of course remarkable that these protestors demonstrated before they even knew what’s actually in the EO, but given how far left the GLBT movement has shifted, I guess it’s not surprising. It is certainly disturbing that GLBT movement leaders would lump us in with illegal immigrants who broke our laws to sneak into this country and foreign nationals who have no constitutional or legal right to enter this country simply because they want to. These two groups have nothing whatsoever to do with the rights of GLBT people, but their support for these two groups is indicative of how the gay rights movement has been hijacked by the far left to advance non-GLBT issues like illegal immigration and sanctuary for potentially dangerous refugees.

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