Trump administration waters down LGBT+ protections in trade agreement with Canada and Mexico
New wording leaves policies to member states' judgements

The Trump administration agreed to an updated trade agreement with Canada and Mexico with weakened provisions for LGBT+ anti-discrimination policies. Original LGBT+ language was included in the initial draft agreement per Justin Trudeau’s requirement, but it seems that ultimately the Canadian government backed down and accepted less-binding protections.

The final version of the agreement calls on member states to support LGBT+ and sex anti-discrimination policies in employment as they “consider appropriate.” Title VII is considered to be sufficient on the part of the United States.

The agreement still awaits ratification in Congress, where Republicans have pushed back against the inclusion of any LGBT+ language, even in a watered-down state.

Read more at the Georgia Voice.

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