"Today we take steps to restore religious liberty in America."
In what could be a major setback for the LGBT community, President Trump is at the White House this morning where the theme is spirituality on this 66th annual National Day of Prayer.
The president issued an executive order to make good on promises he made to conservatives on the campaign trail.
The order is meant to “protect and vigorously promote religious liberty" and "alleviate the burden" that befall religious leaders who speak out against politics.
“Not only are we a nation of faith we are a nation of tolerance,” Trump announced at the podium.
Although few details have been released about this order some say it will broaden the scope of employers who refuse to offer contraception in their healthcare coverage packages. However that detail would still need to be addressed by federal agencies.
This order also has LGBT activists concerned. They fear the proclamation will allow businesses owners and large companies to discriminate against employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identities.
Rallies were held in front of the White House on Wednesday to speak out against this order, saying it is the latest move by Trump to marginalize women, immigrants and the LGBTQ community.
However, civil rights activist groups are already circling their wagons, preparing to meet the order head-on.
“It would create an unprecedented license to discriminate with taxpayers’ funds, undermine women’s health care and elevate one narrow set of religious beliefs over all others,” said Sarah Warbelow, legal director for the Human Rights Campaign, of a draft leaked earlier in the week.
From the podium at the Rose Garden, Trump re-iterated that religious groups will not be bullied or persecuted anymore for stating their beliefs; something the Johnson Amendment of 1954 made illegal.
“We are ending the attacks on your religious freedom,” Trump said before signing the order.
Shortly before 9 am Pacific time, President Trump signed the Executive order in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King