FFAA Urges Pres. Trump to Appoint AG Who Supports Treating All Americans Fairly & EquallyNovember 7, 2018 • 8:18 pm
WASHINGTON — President Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions today, and appointed Sessions’ Chief of Staff, Matthew Whitaker, to serve in the top law enforcement role on an interim basis. Jeff Sessions undertook a sweeping anti-LGBTQ agenda during his time at the Department of Justice (DOJ). He filed legal briefs undermining equal treatment for LGBTQ Americans under the law. He also issued a broad ‘License to Discriminate’ memo and guidance that sought to roll back existing federal protections for LGBTQ people. Freedom for All Americans’ CEO Masen Davis released the following statement responding to the firing:
“Following a midterm election which yielded a historic victory for transgender Americans and led to a record number of LGBTQ candidates winning public office, President Trump has an opportunity to replace Jeff Sessions with a leader who truly reflects the values of all Americans. We urge the President to appoint an Attorney General who recognizes the overwhelming support for LGBTQ rights across the nation, and that supports the law and court precedents as they stand. A supermajority of Americans support giving LGBTQ people full and equal protections under the law, and it’s time the Trump administration recognize that.”
Former Attorney General Sessions has a long history of disenfranchising LGBTQ Americans. His assault on LGBTQ people as Attorney General began immediately after his appointment. In early 2017, under Sessions’ direction, DOJ withdrew guidance explaining how schools should protect and create safe environments for transgender students. Soon after, DOJ declined to appeal a nationwide preliminary court order halting enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s nondiscrimination protections for transgender people; the injunction prevents HHS from taking any action to enforce transgender people’s rights against health care discrimination. Sessions later filed a legal brief arguing that the 1964 Civil Rights Act does not prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and released a sweeping “license to discriminate” memo and guidance seeking to allow federal agencies, government contractors, and private businesses to discriminate against LGBTQ people.