Congress approves another anti-LGBT member to join President Trump’s controversial cabinet.
This time it’s U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia’s 6th district Tom Price (R) who supports the First Amendment Defense Act, a proposal that would bar government from seeking damages should a business refuse to serve LGBT people based on religious beliefs.
Price was approved into the position by a 52-47 vote.
The Republican has always been against same-sex marriage unions and when the U.S. Supreme Court passed marriage equality in 2015, he had this to say:
“Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court serves only as further encouragement to use the court system as a systematic springboard to enact agendas outside the democratic and legislative structures of government.
“Thirty States have held statewide ballots banning gay marriage since the year 2000, and yet legislating from the bench has superseded both public approval and our elected representatives.
This is not only a sad day for marriage, but a further judicial destruction of our entire system of checks and balances.”
Price already has a massive chore list to tick through once he gets settled into the White House. The Trump administration has been eagerly awaiting his confirmation so that he may get started on the transition and alleviation of Obamacare.
He will also oversee roughly 120 million people who are poor, disabled and elderly.
But it Price’s stance on the LGBT community which has some organizations concerned about the future.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has listed on their website the many things Price has voiced opposition to in the past including:
Price, like Jeff Sessions, voted against the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Act, referring to it as “thought crime” and referred to its passage as “immoral.”
Price voted against the Violence Against Women Act, which include protections for LGBTQ people — particularly concerning given HHS’ recognition of domestic violence as a public health crisis.
He is a vocal opponent of the Affordable Care Act, which provides essential health care for LGBTQ people.
He referred to the notion that transgender people should have equal access to public facilities as “abuse and overreach of power.”
Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign said in a statement on the HRC website:
“Tom Price has shown alarming disregard for LGBTQ people, and for the health challenges we face. The fact of the matter is that too many LGBTQ people are still denied care, denied visitation rights, and are treated unfairly by their providers.
“The Trump Administration has floated executive order language that would allow the government to bankroll discrimination in all of those areas — and Tom Price’s alarming record shows that he’s the perfect rubber stamp for the president’s shameful proposals.
“When it comes to the health of our community, we’re not going back. We will not give one inch on the progress we’ve made in the last 8 years. The Trump administration should know that we’re watching and will hold each and every appointee accountable.”
Republican Paul Ryan said of Price’s nomination back in November:
“This is the absolute perfect choice. Tom Price has made health care his life’s work. As a doctor, he has practiced and taught medicine, and he knows exactly how Washington’s decisions affect patients.
As a legislator, he has played a leading role in developing conservative health care solutions that put patients first. We could not ask for a better partner to work with Congress to fix our nation’s health care challenges.
I’m so happy for Tom and his family, and I commend President-elect Trump for this excellent nomination.”