WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) today issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s recently proposed rule from the Department of Labor, which would allow businesses with federal contracts to skirt worker protections if they cite “religious objections” as their reason for discrimination:

“I am extremely disappointed in the President’s blatant discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This attempt to remove protections for the LGBTQ community under the guise of religious exemption is unacceptable, and these repeated attacks are dangerous and bigoted. This rule will not only undermine our civil rights, but also put millions of Americans’ livelihoods at risk. We owe it to our fellow Americans in the LGBTQ community to continue to fight for equality, and to uphold and expand these protections”