Republican Senators demand Trump to sign anti-LGBT order

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Trump’s former opponents demand him to sign the so-called religious freedom order opposing the rights of LGBT. The leaked order would protect people who discriminate based on “the belief that marriage is or should be recognised as the union of one man and one woman [or that] male and female refer to an individual’s immutable biological sex as objectively determined by anatomy at birth”. After the document leaked and sparked immediate protests, White House officials claimed it had been spiked – but insiders say it is still secretly being worked on, and is being re-drafted to make it less vulnerable to a legal challenge. The order was confirmed to be back under consideration this week, as 18 Republican Senators signed a letter to Trump urging him to sign it. Cruz and Rubio were Trump’s last two major Republican primary opponents during the 2016 Republican Presidential primaries. A retired former Republican Senator previously spoke out against the order. Alan Simpson, a former GOP whip and United States Senator from Wyoming, wrote in an open letter to Trump that the order would be a “political tinderbox that could explode in the faces of Republicans everywhere, reinforcing negative stereotypes about the party’s dislike of LGBT Americans”.

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