FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2019, file photo, people taking part in an anti-abortion march hold signs as they stand on the steps of the Legislative building at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. With a flurry of recent actions, Trump's administration is now winning the praise of conservative religious leaders for fulfilling many of their goals opposing abortion and reining in the LGBTQ-rights movement. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Trump steadily fulfills goals on religious right wish list

August 20, 2019 - 4:49 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — When Donald Trump assumed the presidency, conservative religious leaders drew up "wish lists" of steps they hoped he'd take to oppose abortion and rein in the LGBTQ-rights movement. With a flurry of recent actions, Trump's administration is now winning their praise for aggressively fulfilling many of those goals.

One major step came this week when a new rule for the federal family planning program prompted Planned Parenthood to withdraw rather than agree to stop referring women for abortions. In another move, the Justice Department filed a brief telling the Supreme Court that federal law allows firing workers for being transgender.

Mat Staver of legal advocacy organization Liberty Counsel said Trump has fulfilled 90% of the goals on a list that Staver and other conservative leaders compiled before he took office.

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