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Whoa. According to Pink News, Trump doesn’t want healthcare workers to treat LGBTQ people. This proposed law took place in April of 2018. That would include abortions, any form of birth control, gender confirmation surgery, or any other type of services. The Trump Administration says they agree with the refusal of these services due to religious or ‘moral’ beliefs. But, thankfully, US District Judge, Paul A. Engelmayer, threw away the whole idea. It was scrapped because of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. That is a federal law that prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin and religion. Same sex marriage has only been legal in Colorado for a little over 5 years. The Supreme Court had an entire argument over being able to fire someone for being gay. Healthcare is a basic human right that should be given to everyone no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity, according to the same article. Why should it matter? 

The first argument began in 2013 when Rachel Cryer requested a cake from the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Portland. She asked for a cake to celebrate her relationship with another woman. Aaron Klein, who owned the bakery with his wife, Melissa, said making a cake for a lesbian ceremony would interfere with the couple’s religious beliefs. When asked to reconsider, he quoted the Bible, and said same-sex relationships were “an abomination.” 

Speaking of cake, LGBTQ discrimination is similar to going to a restaurant and ordering a cake. However, then someone at another table said, “Actually no. Waiter, cancel that cake. I don’t want my children to see someone eating cake in public. That’ll make them want to eat cake too. You may eat your cake at home, and maybe you could call it a large muffin. I don’t want any cake here.” Everyone should be treated equally.