Trump administration is sued for ‘freedom to discriminate’

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The Trump administration is facing a lawsuit from LGBT+ groups over a new rule that grants healthcare workers the right to deny LGBT patients citing religious beliefs as a reason. President Trump announced on May 2 that the Department of Health and Human Service would enact a plan to scale down anti-discriminatory measures launched by the administration of his predecessor. Lambda Legal, Americans United and Center for Reproductive Rights filed a challenge to rule at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on May 28th on behalf of LGBT charities and human rights activists. Among the claimants were the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, Description and LGBT healthcare group GLMA. The lawsuit alleges that the rule is unconstitutional as it “advances specific religious beliefs in violation of the First Amendment [and] violates patients’ rights to privacy, liberty and equal dignity as guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment.”

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