Friday, March 17, 2017

SPLC Seeks Records of Extremist Influence in White House Policies

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has asked the federal government to release records that could show whether anti-LGBT extremists are influencing the Trump administration's policy decisions, including a yet-to-be signed executive order that threatens widespread discrimination against LGBT people under the guise of religious freedom. 

The SPLC submitted Freedom of Information Act records requests regarding the draft executive order and the administration’s decision to withdraw guidance advising schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom consistent with their gender identity. The requests ask for “any and all records received from or sent to persons outside [various] Departments” regarding the actions. 

“The lives of real people are affected every day by decisions made by the president and his inner circle,” said David Dinielli, SPLC deputy legal director. “The American people have a right to know who is helping to craft policy coming out of the White House – especially if people or organizations with extreme views have a place at the table.”

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Source: The Southern Poverty Law Center

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