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Trump announced he'd keep Obama's LGBT workplace protections intact


President Trump will continue to enforce an Obama-era executive order protecting the LGBT community from workplace discrimination, according to a White House statement released Tuesday morning.

"President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights, just as he was throughout the election," the statement read.

The statement also touted Trump as the first Republican nominee to mention the LGBT community in his nomination acceptance speech. 

"The executive order signed in 2014, which protects employees from anti-LGBTQ workplace discrimination while working for federal contractors, will remain intact at the direction of President Donald J. Trump," the statement continued. 

Trump repeatedly promised on the campaign trail to undo all of former President Obama's executive orders. This is the first clear exception to that plan.

However, Trump said in September he supported the First Amendment Defense Act, which critics argue would allow discrimination based on a business owner's religious beliefs. 

And allowing Obama's executive order to remain doesn't prohibit a new order that reduces LGBT rights elsewhere, The New York Times reports.

Before Tuesday, unverified rumors swirled that an order would reduce LGBT protections.

But some observers believe this statement should quash those rumors.

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