The power of corporate activism will be put to the test in Trump administration

Corporate America has played a vital role in securing the rights of the LGBT+ community nationwide. However, many wonder if business intervention will be enough ammunition to fight for LGBT+ rights in the Trump administration.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has announced that Republicans will reintroduce House Resolution 2802 to Congress in the 2017 legislative session. HR 2802, also known as the First Amendment Defense Act, which was first introduced in 2015, bears resemblance to the “religious liberty” bills passed in states like Georgia, Indiana and Mississippi, which give businesses the right to deny service based on “sincerely held religious belief.”

Corporate opposition to state-based anti-LGBT+ legislation has been instrumental in creating political costs for such laws. If FADA should become federal law, it’s not clear how inclusive businesses might continue to effectively advocate against discriminatory policies.
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