Trump steadily fulfills goals on religious right wish list

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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