HRC Sounds Alarm As White House Refuses To Discuss Rumored Anti-LGBT Executive Order

In Monday’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked about a rumored anti-LGBT executive order planned by Donald Trump. Spicer would neither confirm nor deny the claims.

“I’m not getting ahead of the executive orders that we may or may not issue. There’s a lot of executive orders, a lot of things the president has talked about and will continue to fulfill but we have nothing on that front now,” he said.

Watch the moment below.

In a statement released earlier today, the Human Rights Campaign acknowledged the rumor.

There are a number of rumors swirling that Donald Trump is planning to sign yet another discriminatory executive action – this time specifically targeting the LGBTQ community. While only the White House can speak to the veracity of the rumors, given the administration’s track record of championing discrimination in just the last week, HRC is preparing to fight this to the fullest.

“The rumors of an anti-LGBTQ executive action by President Trump are deeply troubling. We already know that he is willing to target and marginalize at-risk communities for his perceived political gain. As the President and his team plan their next steps, we want to make one thing clear: we won’t give one inch when it comes to defending equality, whether it is a full-on frontal assault or an attack under the guise of religion. Mike Pence should know that better than anyone given his track record in Indiana,” said JoDee Winterhof, the Human Rights Campaign’s Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs. “The Human Rights Campaign will stand with those who have already been targeted by this Administration and are prepared to fight tooth and nail against every effort to discriminate.”

The floating rumor is that Trump plans to roll back an executive order put in place by Barack Obama, one that prohibited federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. It’s also rumored that the new president may go even further and allow for the broader discrimination of LGBT people based on religious freedom.