Fox News’ Matt Zapowitz reports that a bill in Congress would allow the government to bar businesses from discriminating against people based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The legislation, introduced by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), would also allow states to adopt their own religious freedom protections.
The bill would prohibit the government from burdening businesses with the costs of enforcing laws on gay and trans people.
“While there are many good, compassionate and just policies that can help address discrimination in the workplace, discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity is unacceptable and should not be tolerated,” Meadows said in a statement.
The House bill would allow people to sue businesses based on religious beliefs and prohibit the federal government from interfering with state laws protecting people from discrimination based upon sexual orientation, gender identity and other protected characteristics.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against the government in a number of cases that have addressed the issue of transgender people in employment, housing and public accommodations.
A federal judge in Texas ruled in 2016 that the government’s “Dear Colleague” letter could not be enforced because it was not religious in nature.
The Supreme Court ruled in 2014 that states can discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation in housing and in public accommodations, which include bathrooms and other public spaces.
The Trump administration has been working to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, which was passed in 2010.