Ted Cruz will push anti-LGBT laws through Congress now Obama can’t stop him
Republican Senator Ted Cruz is throwing his weight behind a fresh assault on LGBT rights, once President Obama is out of office.
The Republican-backed First Amendment Defence Act permit forms of anti-LGBT discrimination on the grounds of religion.
The law has been stalled in Congress until now due to an expected veto from President Obama – however, President-elect Trump recently pledged to sign it into law.
In a speech to Catholic interest groups, Mr Trump confirmed he would not veto the law, which bans the government from taking any “action against a person on the basis that such person believes or acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognised as the union of one man and one woman”.
The broadly-written law would part-legalise religious discrimination against LGBT people in all sectors, from employment to retail to healthcare, banning any intervention or legal recourse.
Anti-LGBT Republican Senator Ted Cruz, one of the most influential hardline opponents of equality in Congress, confirmed a fresh push to pass the law this month.
He confirmed to Buzzfeed: “The prospects for protecting religious freedom are brighter now than they have been in a long time.
“We are having ongoing conversations with our colleagues both in Congress and leaders in the new administration about a multitude of ways we can honor the commitment made to the voters in this last election.”
He doubled down on his stance by cracking jokes about Donald Trump after Mr Trump briefly came out in favour of trans rights.
The ever-sensitive President-elect Trump now opposes transgender rights.