A leaked draft of a possible President Donald Trump executive order on "religious freedom" reveals a possible huge blow to LGBTQ groups, as it basically legalizes discrimination.

The draft, which was obtained by The Nation, is titled “Establishing a Government-Wide Initiative to Respect Religious Freedom." It may never become actual policy, however, because according to the Nation, it could exceed the executive branch's reach of power and may actually be unconstitutional.


If this version did eventually become law, it would allow any privately held company or religious organization to discriminate against LGBTQ people

“... when providing social services, education, or healthcare; 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.”

That means people could be discriminated against in circumstances like looking for a job, applying for a grant, or adopting a child, to name just a few.

Remember when that bakery refused to bake a gay couple's wedding cake? This is basically that, on a huge level. The draft would protect the tax-exempt status of any company or religious group that


"...believes, speaks, or acts (or declines to act) in accordance with the belief that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, sexual relations are properly reserved for such a marriage, male and female and their equivalents refer to an individual’s immutable biological sex as objectively determined by anatomy, physiology, or genetics at or before birth, and that human life begins at conception and merits protection at all stages of life.”

So, if this draft were signed, an employer could ostensibly choose not to cover an employee's abortion or contraception, just for example.


There had been rumors of a religious freedom order, which White House press secretary Sean Spicer addressed on Monday:

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

Again, the leaked draft may never come to law. White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders told ABC: “We do not have plans to sign anything at this time but will let you know when we have any updates.”