Sessions memo says Title VII doesn't bar discrimination against transgender people

Sessions memo says Title VII doesn't bar discrimination against transgender people

Sessions memo says Title VII doesn't bar discrimination against transgender people

In a memo issued Thursday to all federal prosecutors, Sessions asserts that "Title VII's prohibition on sex discrimination encompasses discrimination between men and women but does not encompass discrimination based on gender identity per se, including transgender status".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions intensified the Trump administration's "all-out assault on LGBTQ people" Friday by issuing a "religious freedom" directive to federal agencies that rights groups said would "categorize LGBTQ Americans as second-class citizens who are not equal under the law".

"The constitutional protection of religious beliefs and the right to exercise those beliefs have served this country well, have made us one of the most tolerant countries in the world, and have also helped make us the freeist and most generous".

In issuing the memo, Sessions is injecting the department into a thicket of highly charged legal questions that have repeatedly reached the U.S. Supreme Court, most notably in the 2014 Hobby Lobby case that said corporations with religious objections could opt out of a health law requirement to cover contraceptives for women. "Religious adherents will often be required to draw lines in the application of their religious beliefs, and government is not competent to assess the reasonableness of such lines drawn, nor would it be appropriate for government to do so", reads the guidance, adding that the federal government may not force employers' to be complicit in violating an organization's religious precepts. Last May, the president ordered the federal government to vigorously promote and protect religious liberty -and now the DOJ and HHS are moving to make that order a reality.

Another Justice Department official said the overarching goal of the program is to ensure better streamlined coordination between federal and local law enforcement agencies and ending "turf wars" over cases.

"Because PSN is a department priority, I will hold each United States attorney accountable for results", Sessions stated in a memo to U.S. attorneys across the country.

"This blatant attempt to further Donald Trump's cynical and hateful agenda will enable systematic, government-wide discrimination that will have a devastating impact on LGBTQ people and their families".

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Shortly after the Department of Justice guidance was issued, it was praised by a number of social conservative leaders and groups.

"Generally, the federal government may not condition federal grants or contracts on the religious organization altering its religious character, beliefs or activities", the document says.

The memo retracts a position established during the Obama administration. "Every American has a right to believe, worship and exercise their faith".

"Religious freedom is a fundamental right, but the attorney general's directive is nothing but a license for businesses to discriminate".

James Esseks, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's LGBT and HIV Project, called it "another low point".

"It is countenancing discrimination", Melling said, according to The Washington Post.

"Nothing could be more un-American and unholy than using religion to justify harm and discrimination to others".

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