U.S. President Donald Trump will enshrine “very specific Christian religious beliefs” in a proposed executive order that will also legalize discrimination, the Nation reported Wednesday.
Entitled “Establishing a Government-Wide Initiative to Respect Religious Freedom,” the document reveals far-reaching plans to turn back decades of progress in the U.S. by deeming pre-marital sex as wrong and narrowly defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
The four-page draft order broadly categorizes religious organizations as “any organization, including closely held for-profit corporations,” and protects “religious freedom” in every walk of life.
“When providing social services, education or health care; earning a living, seeking a job or employing others; receiving government grants or contracts; or otherwise participating in the marketplace, the public square or interfacing with federal, state or local governments,” the document says of what falls under this category.
LGBT advocacy organizations said transgender people would also be subject of discrimination as the four-page draft says “male and female” refers to “immutable biological sex” assigned at birth.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer was asked Monday about whether a religious freedom executive order was being considered, but he said he would not disclose the orders that Trump's administration is planning to sign.
The White House also said in a statement the government will uphold protections for LGBT people in the workplace and that Trump will continue to enforce a 2014 executive order by Barack Obama, barring discrimination against LGBT people working for federal contractors