The White House Responds to Taylor Swift's Call to Action for Equality Act

Wednesday August 28, 2019

The White House is responding to Taylor Swift, who called out the Trump administration during the MTV Video Awards Monday night over its lack of response to The Equality Act.

When Swift took home the award for the Vide of the Year for her gay anthem "You Need to Calm Down," she took time to urge people to sign the Equality Act petition, noting that it earned "five times" the number of signatures required to "warrant a response from the White House."

On Tuesday, White House deputy press sectary Judd Deere responded to Swift when speaking with CNN, reiterating a similar statement they gave back in May.

"The Trump administration absolutely opposes discrimination of any kind and supports the equal treatment of all; however, the House-passed bill in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights," Deere said.

The statement is very similar to the one Deere released three months ago. Swift's petition was released in June.

The Equality Act is an extension of the Civil Rights Act that make it illegal for employers to discriminate against sexual orientation and gender identity.

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