Americans United for Separation of Church and State President and CEO Rachel Laser issued the following statement in response to reports that the Trump-Pence administration is planning to roll back federal protections of transgender people and narrowly define gender.
“Yet again, the Trump-Pence administration is catering to a narrow segment of evangelical Christians and granting special status to their beliefs in federal policy. That is unacceptable. We stand with the transgender community and will continue to advocate to keep religion and government separate.
“This administration continues its attempts to divide us and implement policies that promote hate and discrimination. We will not allow religious beliefs to be used to erase the recognition of and protections for transgender people.”
Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.