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President Donald Trump speaks to the 2017 Value Voters Summit, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Protesters are rallying against Trump using 'religion to discriminate'


Protesters on Friday gathered in Washington, D.C. and rallied against President Trump's use of "religion to discriminate" on issues including birth control and LGBT rights.

"The Rally to Tell Trump: Stop Using Religion to Discriminate" promoted Friday's event with the social media hashtags #HandsOffMyBC and #LicensetoDiscriminate beforehand.

Trump's administration one week ago rolled back an Obamacare requirement that employers include birth control coverage in their health insurance plans.

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The new rules stipulate that any for-profit or non-profit employer or insurer can stop following the birth control mandate on moral and religious grounds.

Obamacare previously mandated that employers offer health insurance that covers birth control without a co-pay, but it included exemptions for houses of worship and some companies.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, meanwhile, a week ago issued legal guidance directing federal agencies on how to shield religious liberty in employment, contracting and programming as they implement federal laws.

The guidance included a principle saying that certain religious organizations are entitled to only hire people whose beliefs and behavior are "consistent with their employers' religious precepts."

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