Anti-LGBT hate group linked to new Trump administration ‘task force’

By Nick Duffy

A listed anti-LGBT hate group has been linked to the Trump administration’s new religious freedom task force, which activists fear will be used to undermine equal rights protections.

Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the formation of a “religious freedom task force” at a Religious Liberty Summit hosted by the Justice Department on Monday.

In his speech Sessions affirmed his belief that individuals and business owners should be free to discriminate based on religious beliefs, and announced he is setting up a task force “which will help the department fully implement our religious liberty guidance.”

It has now been alleged that the new body has links to a listed anti-LGBT hate group, Alliance Defending Freedom.

In his speech, Sessions said the panel was the product of “listening sessions… [with] religious groups across America.”

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