GOP Lawmakers Protesting LGBT Protections in New NAFTA

GOP lawmakers are protesting the inclusion of protections for LGBT workers in Trumps newly negotiated trade proposal with Mexico and Canada. The group of 38 GOP lawmakers call upon Trump, in a letter sent on November 16, to drop language protecting LGBT workers in the trade deal. In the letter, they claim that the language in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) deal that protects workers from “discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual orientation and gender identity,” is “no place for the adoption of social policy. It is especially inappropriate and insulting to our sovereignty to needlessly submit to social policies which the United States Congress has so far explicitly refused to accept.” The new trade deal that was agreed upon in October, is the first time that such a protection was included in a U.S. trade agreement, as reported by Politico. The inclusion was reportedly pushed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who says it is a “big win” for the the LGBT community.