Most important issue of 2018: LGBT rights or religious freedom?
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Most important issue of 2018: LGBT rights or religious freedom?

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It's an election year, and that means politicians across the country will tell us where they stand on the issues and why. Whether it's healthcare, immigration, climate change or gun control, we want Tylters to tell us which issues matter most to them. LGBT advocates believe their rights have been under siege since President Trump took office, but others argue it is their religious freedom that is under attack. Which issue matters most to you?

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#LGBTRightsFirst
75%
#ProtectBeliefsFirst
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Ahead of the 2018 midterms, we want Tylters to tell us where they stand on the most important issues of our time. Whether it's healthcare, immigration, climate change or gun control, we want to know which issues are the most important to you.

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Since Donald Trump became president, LGBT activists argue their rights have been under siege. Despite making huge strides in the past several years, LGBT individuals say the Trump administration is trying to reverse all the progress made under Obama.

“I really see what the Trump administration is doing as being easily the most anti-LGBT administration in at least a generation,” said Ian Thompson, a legislative representative at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). “They are hard at work trying to dismantle and erase every gain LGBT people have made since 2009.”

Trump ordered the military to stop accepting transgender servicemembers, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rolled back Obama-era provisions meant to protect LGBT kids in schools and Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed policies that protected trans individuals from workplace discrimination. Representatives must make protecting LGBT rights the priority in 2018.

Conservatives argue religious freedom is under attack. President Trump has already issued an executive order meant to promote "free speech and religious liberty."

It shall be the policy of the executive branch to vigorously enforce Federal law’s robust protections for religious freedom. The Founders envisioned a Nation in which religious voices and views were integral to a vibrant public square, and in which religious people and institutions were free to practice their faith without fear of discrimination or retaliation by the Federal Government.

The gay wedding cake case is just one example that threatens to force individuals to do things that directly violate their religious beliefs. It's about the First Amendment. Why should the rights of a same-sex couple supersede an individual's right to believe that same-sex marriage is wrong? A vegan baker isn't required to sell non-vegan items that go against their ethics, why should a Christian baker have to sell same-sex cakes that go against their morals? 

It is crucial our lawmakers remain dedicated to making religious freedom a priority in 2018.

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