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The Administration’s Religious Liberty Assault on LGBTQ Rights

Date: 
Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 9:00am
Location: 
2154 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
“The Administration’s Religious Liberty Assault on LGBTQ Rights.”

CHAIRWOMAN MALONEY'S OPENING STATEMENT

CHAIRMAN RASKIN'S OPENING STATEMENT

BACKGROUND

  • Since inauguration day, the Trump Administration has worked to purge all mentions of LGBTQ rights and has proceeded to systematically roll back protections for LGBTQ people across the board.
  • The Trump Administration has expanded the availability of religious exemptions to the point at which religious liberty has become a pretext and excuse for denying LGBTQ citizens the ability to participate equally in the economy and society.
  • The Trump Administration has used executive orders, litigating decisions, amicus briefs, legal interpretations, and agency guidance and regulations to undermine protections for LGBTQ people.

SCOPE AND PURPOSE

The Trump Administration has undermined LGBTQ rights by rolling back protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as by allowing for more religious exemptions to a broader expanse of organizations to allow discriminatory practices against LGBTQ individuals. This hearing will examine the Administration’s actions to erode LGBTQ rights in multiple areas, including healthcare, employment, adoption, and foster care.

WITNESSES

Panel One

The Honorable Sean Patrick Maloney
Member of Congress

The Honorable Mark Takano
Member of Congress

The Honorable Joseph P. Kennedy
Member of Congress

The Honorable Mike Kelly
Member of Congress

Panel Two

Sarah Warbelow
Legal Director
Human Rights Campaign

Rev. Stan J. Sloan
Chief Executive Officer
Family Equality Council

Ernesto Olivares 
San Antonio, Texas

Evan Minton 
Livermore, California

Hiram Sasser (Minority Witness)
Executive General Counsel
First Liberty Institute

116th Congress