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McEnany Touts Trump’s ‘Great Record’ On LGBTQ Issues

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Monday that Donald Trump has a "great record when it comes to the LGBTQ community."

Chris Johnson, chief political and White House reporter for the Washington Blade, asked McEnany if Trump would reconsider the ban on transgender people in the military after 116 Democratic House lawmakers sent a letter last week to Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Attorney General William Barr calling for the Pentagon to end the policy.

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Republicans Attack Supreme Court (And Roberts) After Week Of Historic Decisions

Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers are launching attacks on the conservative-leaning Supreme Court after it handed down two decisions the Trump administration fought against.

The first win came Monday, when the court said in a 6-3 decision that employers cannot discriminate against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Trump administration had argued against expanding protections to LGBTQ workers.

And on Thursday, the court ruled in a 5-4 decision that Trump unlawfully terminated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — which allows undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as minors under no fault of their own to attend school and work in the U.S.

That decision, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, was less of a concrete win for immigrant rights advocates, as it gave an opening for Trump to terminate the program again, according to legal experts. The decision merely ruled that the way Trump initially terminated the program was unlawful.

Still, it was a rebuke that angered both Trump and other members of the Republican Party.

"These horrible & politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or Conservatives," Trump tweeted Thursday morning. "We need more Justices or we will lose our 2nd. Amendment & everything else. Vote Trump 2020!"

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), one of Trump's fiercest defenders on Capitol Hill, specifically attacked Roberts, the George W. Bush appointee who was the deciding vote on the DACA case.

"Chief Justice Roberts does it again. First, Obamacare. Now, DACA. What's next? Our second amendment gun rights?" Jordan tweeted, referencing a 2012 decision in which Roberts sided with the liberal justices to rule that the Affordable Care Act was constitutional.

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) posted a video to Twitter attacking Roberts for the decision.

"I'm extremely disappointed in this decision & in CJ Roberts for continuing to side against the rule of law," Biggs tweeted.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) also had choice words for Roberts, who he suggested was legislating from the bench.

"If the Chief Justice believes his political judgment is so exquisite, I invite him to resign, travel to Iowa, and get elected," Cotton told CNN's Manu Raju. "I suspect voters will find his strange views no more compelling than do the principled justices."

Rep. Scott Desjarlais, a Tennessee Republican who once urged multiple women he had sexual relations with to get abortions despite being publicly anti-abortion, called Roberts' DACA decision "painful."

"Roberts is wrapping himself around the axle to find a way to punt a political decision rather than make the right legal determination," DesJarlais tweeted. "Sounds like he's in Congress instead of the Supreme Court."

And Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) said this week has been the "most disappointing week at this #SCOTUS in years."

"The Court continues to fashion one set of review standards under the Administrative Procedure Act for Democrat administrations and another for Republicans," Hawley tweeted.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

Supreme Court Ruling Upholds LGBTQ Rights — And Enrages The Republican Right

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters

Right-wing media figures had a meltdown after the Supreme Court decided that it is unconstitutional for employers to discriminate against LGBTQ people, calling it "Orwellian" and "a brute force attack on our constitutional system." In one of the most significant rulings for the rights of trans and queer people, the court ruled 6-3 that LGBTQ employees are protected under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex.

The Supreme Court issued a combined ruling on several cases; two were on behalf of men who were fired for being gay and a third about a woman who was fired for being trans. In that third case, R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, extreme anti-LGBTQ group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) represented a funeral home owner who fired employee Aimee Stephens after she came out as transgender. Stephens died on May 12 and was unable to see the landmark decision in her favor.

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Right-Wing Leader Who Pushed Gorsuch Is Furious Over His LGBTQ Rights Opinion

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

The head of a far right wing activist group is furious that conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote Monday's majority Supreme Court opinion that finds discriminating against LGBTQ workers is illegal.

Judicial Crisis Network, a "powerful dark money group pushing [the] court to right," ran a $10 million campaign in 2017 to force Gorsuch onto the bench. He is President Donald Trump's first Supreme Court nominee. The group also spent $1 million to block President Barack Obama from putting Merrick Garland on the bench.

In a series of tweets Carrie Severino blasted Justice Gorsuch and the five others who sided with his opinion. She even claims they are merely trying to appeal to college students by finding that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects LGBTQ workers from discrimination.

Gorsuch, a textualist who replaced Justice Antonin Scalia on the bench, decided that as written, the actual words of the Civil Rights Act make clear that discriminating on the basis of sex is illegal.

Severino, who also happens to be married to Roger Severino, a far right wing religious activist who heads the Dept. of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights under Trump, is furious.





President Trump and his administration oppose rights for LGBTQ workers and actively lobbied to have the Court rule discrimination is legal.

On social media many – including some conservatives – are mocking her.