WASHINGTON According to the Washington Blade, a senior Trump administration official has indicated that President Trump will oppose H.R. 5, which House Democrats have dubbed the “Equality Act”:

With a vote on the Equality Act in the U.S. House expected on Friday, a senior administration official indicated exclusively to the Washington Blade that President Trump opposes the bill:

“The Trump administration absolutely opposes discrimination of any kind and supports the equal treatment of all; however, this bill in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights,” the senior administration official said via e-mail.

In response, Terry Schilling, executive director at American Principles Project, released the following statement praising President Trump for his opposition to the bill:

President Trump is exactly correct in his assessment of the Equality Act. This disastrous legislation explicitly attacks Americans’ conscience rights, undercutting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. And just as critically, it also endangers the rights of parents, who are already facing growing threats nationwide. This is all in addition to the well-documented ways this bill would disenfranchise women and undermine current civil rights law.

Parents, women, people of faith — almost every American stands to lose if the Equality Act passes. It is wrongheaded policy on nearly every level, and we commend President Trump for opposing this bill.

Earlier this week, Jon Schweppe, Director of Government Affairs at American Principles Project, wrote in The Daily Caller that the Equality Act is essentially a men’s rights bill that “would be a complete and utter disaster for women.”

To schedule an interview with Terry Schilling or Jon Schweppe, contact Paul Dupont at (o) 202-503-2010 or pdupont@americanprinciplesproject.org.

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