Reports are saying that Donald Trump’s decision to not throw out Obama’s 2014 order protecting workers’ rights for LGBTQ people employed by the federal government was because of Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner.
Maybe they aren’t that bad after all?
But two sources close to Kushner and Ivanka Trump, who have a record of supporting gay rights, said the couple favored putting out a clear statement from the president, promising to uphold the 2014 Obama executive order and stopping the momentum for the turnaround in its tracks.
Ivanka Trump and Kushner have historically had good relations with the LGBT community. However, because of their allegiance to Daddy Trump, many have been confused on their actual stance when it comes to LGBT issues and what their father/father-in-law will do in office.
But the White House is saying that the anti-LGBT executive order that outlines how to roll back former President Obama’s protections and expand legal exemptions based on religious beliefs was just a draft and never really meant to be signed at all.
White House officials downplayed the turnaround, suggesting that the draft LGBT executive order would never have reached the president’s desk for his signature. They described it as one of about 200 executive orders that were contemplated during the transition — some by outside groups, others by transition officials — and that it was never intended to be signed, even without pushback from Kushner, Ivanka Trump or anyone else.
Whether or not Ivanka and Jared were actually involved with the decision, we’re happy it looks like it won’t be happening after all, and we hope they’re on the right side of history. Who knows, maybe that guy’s outburst on the plane actually worked? Or maybe it’s the fact that Ivanka’s purse linings are beginning to take a hit.
Whatever it is, we just want our rights and freedoms as citizens of this country, like everyone else. If they are threatened, we will resist.