Published: Sun, February 05, 2017
Research | By Francis Brooks

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Help Block Potential Rollback of LGBT Rights

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Help Block Potential Rollback of LGBT Rights

But Ivanka, Kushner and others pushed back against the order, and Trump ultimately chose to keep the 2014 decision in place, unnamed sources told Politico.

After her father won presidential election, it was reported that Ivanka would not take on a role in the White House and will concentrate on settling her family in Washington, D.C. Ivanka and Kushner were also reported to take their wide-ranging financial portfolios before moving to the country's capital from NY and face inevitable questions about a potential conflict of interest.

Trump is determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community.

Sources close to the couple told Politico that Kushner and Ivanka Trump worked behind the scenes to convince Trump to make the decision not to sign the executive order and to release the statement expressing definitive support for LGBT rights.

A draft order had been circulating, outlining plans to overturn measures dating back to 2014, protecting federal workers from anti-LGBTQ discrimination. But now sources are claiming First Daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, persuaded Trump to abandon a fiat covering religious freedom.

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The report further noted that a White House official downplayed how close the draft was to actually making it to President Trump's desk, saying it was just one of 200 that were under consideration, of which some are just "ideas people from outside have suggested".

LGBT rights groups were bracing for an executive order from Donald Trump's administration this week that would rescind President Barack Obama's employment protections.

The new order, which was leaked earlier this week, would have also rolled back LGBT and women's rights when it came to marriage equality, abortion, contraception and transgender rights.

A draft executive order on that topic, which would effectively legalize anti-LGBT discrimination, circulated this week.

"I feel confident that they have an appreciation of religious freedom, and I'm pretty certain they're going to address it", said Family Research Council head Tony Perkins.

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