Published: Sun, February 05, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jose Becker

Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner Behind White House Extension of LGBTQ Protections

Sources close to the couple told Politico that Kushner and Ivanka Trump worked behind the scenes to convince Trump to make the decision not to sign the executive order and to release the statement expressing definitive support for LGBT rights.

Friday it was revealed that the executive order is on hold in large part to Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband, senior advisor Jared Kushner. "The executive order signed in 2014, which protects employees from anti-LGBTQ workplace discrimination while working for federal contractors, will remain intact".

"Some are real, some are drafts of things people like and some are ideas people from outside have suggested", a White House official told Politico of the drafted executive order that circulated among journalists this week.

It was quickly denounced by LGBTI groups and The White House said Trump had no plans to sign such an order 'at this time'.

According to Politico, they have Ivanka Trump and Kushner to thank for the reprieve.

Last week, a source close to the Trump family told Vanity Fair that it was "not a coincidence" that Trump's media troubles surged the day after his inauguration - a Saturday when Kushner was out of contact with him.

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The White House released a statement Tuesday pledging to uphold the Obama-era protections.

Evangelicals are still hopeful Trump will undo the progress on LGBT rights made by the Obama administration: The First Amendment Defense Act, now being introduced in Congress, would have much the same effect as an executive order, but be harder to undo.

White House officials suggested the draft executive order was never meant to move forward.

The law would have tied in well with the beliefs of Vice President Mike Pence who, as governor of in, passed the notoriously anti-LGBT Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 2015 - to fierce global condemnation.

Another draft order under discussion, this one on "religious freedom", could effectively undermine the Obama protections by allowing Americans to opt out of such federal regulations on the grounds that they violate their religious beliefs.

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