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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner 'fought Trump's LGBT order'

05 February 2017

Instead, of the anti-LGBT orders, the White House released a statement this week saying that the president is "determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community".

'There are some in Trump's family that have some views on these things, ' a source told Politico.

Kushner and Ivanka pushed for the White House to release a statement of its intentions, according to the report. "That's where the decision is ultimately being made".

"President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights, just as he was throughout the election", the White House statement read.

When rumors of a new "Respect Religious Freedom" order (the draft for which can be seen here) began to swirl, the husband-and-wife duo, who have reportedly long supported LGBTQ rights (Jared is considered a Democrat, having donated $100,000 to left-wing campaigns over two decades; Ivanka an Independent), reportedly stepped in to make their own stance on the matter known.

Kushner - a 36-year-old Orthodox Jew who is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka - serves as a senior adviser to the president.

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A draft order had been circulating, outlining plans to overturn measures dating back to 2014, protecting federal workers from anti-LGBTQ discrimination.

"But on this one, our base is wondering why Obama's executive order would be allowed to stand?"

After a draft executive order leaked and went public, the LGBT community was braced for an executive order that would take away their protections against discrimination by businesses.

A draft executive order on LGBT rights - which outlines how to roll back former president Barack Obama's protections and expand legal exemptions based on religious beliefs - has been circulating among journalists and anxious progressive groups this week.

"I think they're going to address the conflict that exists now, which would preclude religious organizations from contracting with the federal government", Family Research Council CEO Tony Perkins told Politico. Vice President Mike Pence has a long history of opposing gay rights, and as governor of IN he opposed legalizing gay marriage.

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner 'fought Trump's LGBT order'