Civil rights groups are ready to sue Trump if he signs a broad religious freedom order
Lambda Legal and the ACLU will immediately sue the Trump administration if the president signs a broad executive order on religious freedom that targets LGBT people for discrimination.
The legal groups say they are prepared to block it in federal courts on constitutional grounds, thereby hoping to hand Trump another high-profile defeat like those has faced so far with his travel bans.
“We will fight this with everything we have,” Lambda Legal senior counsel Camilla Taylor said, “We are prepared to sue in a very short timeframe if the executive order closely resembles the leaked drafts.”
She said the group has already assembled plaintiffs for their lawsuit.
James Esseks, director of the ACLU’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & HIV Project, added in an interview, “We are ready to sue if they do something that authorizes discrimination. If Trump signs an order like the one that we saw a couple months ago, it would violate the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment and the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.”