15:22 GMT30 November 2020
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    President Donald Trump has vowed to continue implementing an executive order introduced by the Obama administration that protects the rights of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community, the White House said in a release on Tuesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The White House claimed Trump was the first Republican nominee to mention the LGBTQ community during his nomination acceptance speech.

    "The executive order signed in 2014, which protects employees from anti-LGBTQ workplace discrimination while working for federal contractors, will remain intact at the direction of President Donald J. Trump," the release stated.

    It has previously been reported that the Trump administration was working on an executive action that would undermine rights of the LGBTQ community based on "religious freedom."

    On Monday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer declined to discuss the alleged executive order.

    Former President Barack Obama’s 2014 executive order protects the LGBTQ community from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.


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