Sandwiched between an immigration order and a Supreme Court justice nomination, U.S. President Donald J. Trump continued an executive directive to protect LGBT federal contractors.
On Tuesday, Trump announced he would preserve protections for LGBT people who contract with the federal government. Former President Barack Obama first issued the order in 2014.
“President Donald J. Trump is determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including LGBTQ Americans,” read a partial statement from the White House. “President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights, just as he was throughout the election.”
Conservative LGBT organizations were the first to rally to Trump’s side.
“American Unity Fund applauds President Trump for his bold statement affirming his support for LGBTQ Americans,” said Tyler Deaton, American Unity Fund Senior Advisor, in a news release. “A Republican President has never spoken so clearly or so forcefully to the unique needs of the LGBTQ community.”
American Unity Fund is a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit “dedicated to advancing the cause of freedom for LGBTQ Americans by making the conservative case that freedom truly means freedom for everyone.”
Likewise, the leader of the national Log Cabin Republicans chapter praised the decision as well.
“Donald Trump campaigned promising to be a ‘real friend’ to the LGBT community, and now he is delivering on that commitment,” said LCR president Gregory T. Angelo, in a news release.
Meanwhile, religious groups are not throwing in the towel just yet. Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said a “religious liberty” exemption is coming.
“I think this is going to be addressed,” Perkins told CNBC.