Sources: Ivanka Helped Sink Trump Order on Gay Rights
Religious right still hopes for action
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2017 9:59 AM CST
Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner dance at the Freedom Ball after President Trump's inauguration.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
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(Newser) – President Trump decided against an executive order rolling back gay rights after Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner argued against it, sources tell Politico and the New York Times. The draft order, which reversed some of President Obama's orders on gay rights and expanded religious exemptions, was killed after the couple first registered protests with aides and then spoke to Trump in person about it, the insiders say. The order was supported by religious conservatives including people close to Mike Pence and the Times, describing Trump as a "cosmopolitan New Yorker who has long operated in an environment where sexual orientation is often an afterthought," predicts that the divide will only deepen during Trump's presidency.

Insiders say that Trump didn't need much persuading and would probably have rejected the order anyway, though religious conservatives say they have been told that Trump is going to make some changes they will like "I think they’re going to address the conflict that exists currently, which would preclude religious organizations from contracting with the federal government,” Tony Perkins, CEO of the Family Research Council group, tells Politico. "I feel confident that they have an appreciation of religious freedom, and I’m pretty certain they’re going to address it." Perkins says Pence has been involved in discussions and is "clearly sensitive to this."

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