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Trump spokesperson: ‘I don’t know’ if LGBT executive order will stay

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Sean Spicer could not say that Donald Trump is planning to maintain anti-discrimination measures signed by Barack Obama.Photo: Wikipedia

Press Secretary Sean Spicer said yesterday that he doesn’t know if Trump is planning to overturn Barack Obama’s executive order banning anti-LGBT discrimination among federal contractors.

The Washington Blade reported that Spicer said, “I don’t know on that one. I have to get back to you on that. I don’t think that we’ve gotten that far in the list of executive orders, but I’d be glad to get back to you.”

When pressed about executive orders about LGBT rights in general, Spicer responded, “Again, it’s not — I just don’t know the answer. I’ll try to get back to you on that.”

Executive Order 13672 was signed in July 2014 by Barack Obama and prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity by federal contractors and extended anti-discrimination protections for the federal civilian workforce to include gender identity. There are an estimated 14 million people who work for federal contractors.

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump said he planned to overturn many of Obama’s executive orders. He did not specifically mention any executive order related to LGBT rights.

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