President Donald Trump is expected to sign more executive orders on Friday, continuing his record-breaking streak in the first weeks of his presidency.
A copy of a supposed draft executive order was obtained by The Investigative Fund and The Nation — and it indicates that Trump may be looking to take sweeping action to embolden “religious freedom.”
The draft executive order, titled “Establishing a Government-Wide Initiative to Respect Religious Freedom,” would reportedly protect the tax-exempt status of any organization that:
“…believes, speaks, or acts (or declines to act) in accordance with the belief that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, sexual relations are properly reserved for such a marriage, male and female and their equivalents refer to an individual’s immutable biological sex as objectively determined by anatomy, physiology, or genetics at or before birth, and that human life begins at conception and merits protection at all stages of life.”
The order would also reportedly protect companies that argue Obamacare’s contraception mandate violates their religious beliefs.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer declined to discuss any impending executive orders when questioned by reporters on Thursday.
Many of Trump’s critics reacted in outrage to the reports of the upcoming executive order.
— Richard L. Trumka (@RichardTrumka) February 2, 2017
WTF is Happening to America…
— root4autism (@asianmullet) February 2, 2017
A Trump order that could severely restrict the rights of women and gay people has been leaked and it's terrifying https://t.co/08Yp6RjN8c
— The Independent (@Independent) February 2, 2017
Trump is scheduled to sign new, unspecified executive orders on Friday at 12 p.m. eastern:
FYI: More executive orders coming in 12 hours. From Friday's White House schedule: pic.twitter.com/fDCTNx5ddH
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) February 3, 2017
Stay tuned for additional updates.