Donald Trump achievements: Religious liberty, gender issues, and other social policies

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This article is a non-exhaustive list of achievements by U.S. President Donald Trump, his administration, and Congress related to religious liberty, gender issues, and other social issues.

Due to his achievements in advancing conservative social policies, President Trump was described as "taking back America's culture" by the conservative media.[1]

For achievements related to abortion, see Donald Trump achievements: Abortion. For social policy achievements related to the military, see Donald Trump achievements: Military, national security, and anti-terrorism.

Legislation signed

  • March 27, 2017—One of the four Congressional Review bills which Trump signed into law that day repealed Obama's Blacklisting Rule, which would have required firms contracted by federal agencies to disclose every claim of unfair labor practices concerning them – something which would have given unionized contractors an upper-hand. On the same day, President Trump signed an executive order repealing the contracting rule.[2]

Executive actions

  • January 20, 2017—On his first day in office, Trump signed an executive order that would lessen Obamacare's burden while Republicans work to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.[3][4]
  • February 22, 2017—President Trump rescinded former President Obama's pro-transgender guidelines for schools receiving federal aid that are subject to Title IX.[5] A day earlier, the Trump Administration announced it would discontinue Obama's pro-transgender policies.[6]
  • March 27, 2017—President Trump signed an executive order repealing Obama-era labor law compliance requirements[2] for federal contractors, along with signing a resolution of disapproval that day on the same topic.[7]
  • April 14, 2017—President Trump appointed Roger Severino, a strong defender of religious liberty, to the HHS Office for Civil Rights.[8][9]
  • April 14, 2017—The Justice Department dropped its discrimination lawsuit against North Carolina for its "bathroom bill" (filed under the Obama Administration) after North Carolina passed a compromise bill. Homosexual activists still opposed the new bill.[10]
  • May 1, 2017—The Agriculture Department took steps to give schools more flexibility in their school meal plans.[11]
  • May 4, 2017—On the annual National Day of Prayer,[12] President Trump signed an executive order on religious liberty. Among its provisions, it loosened IRS restrictions against political activities by tax-exempt religious organizations, effectively weakening the Johnson Amendment; and it attempted to make it easier for employers not to provide contraceptives if they had religious objections.[13] The order gave conservative Attorney General Jeff Sessions greater authority regarding religious liberty policy.[14] Although well received by some Christians and conservatives,[15] others criticized it for being ineffective and easy to repeal.[16] Other members of the Trump Administration have shown strong support for religious liberty.[17]
  • In May 2017, the Trump Administration began to undo Section 1557 of ObamaCare, which would have helped liberals gain transexual "rights" through the courts.[18]
  • June 6, 2017—The Trump Administration appointed Valerie Huber, an abstinence education advocate, to the position of chief of staff to the assistant secretary for health at the HHS.[19]
  • President Trump did not proclaim June 2017 as LGBT Pride Month, unlike former presidents Clinton and Obama.[20]
  • August 30, 2017—The Department of Health and Human Services rescinded an Obama-era directive that had allowed states to request a waiver to ignore work requirements for the poor in order to receive welfare.[21]


  • January 31, 2017—President Donald Trump announced he would keep a 2014 executive order signed by former President Obama that gave protected status to homosexual employees of the government and federal contractors.[22][23] Additionally, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner reportedly derailed a proposed executive order protecting religious liberty at the same time.[24] However, supporters of homosexual privileges claimed that a March 27, 2017 order, which repealed much of Obama's 2014 executive order, went against Trump's statement to keep the 2014 Obama order (which, if true, would annul this supposed failure).[25]
  • It was reported in June 2017 that the Trump Administration officials continued Obama's advancement of transgender ideology into public schools.[26]
  • Some conservatives, citing numerous examples in Trump's presidency, argued that President Trump had not taken as strong a stance in favor of religious liberty and social conservatism as expected.[27]
  • August 2017—Not only did Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announce he would keep two programs in the department intended to increase racial diversity,[28] but he announced that the department would take further action for racial diversity, such as considering at least one minority for every ambassadorship position.[29]


  1. Berry, Susan (July 30, 2017). Seven Ways Trump Is Taking Back America’s Culture. Breitbart News. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Multiple references:
  3. Fabian, Jordan (January 20, 2017). Trump signs ObamaCare executive order. The Hill. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  4. Chamberlain, Samuel (January 20, 2017). In first executive order, Trump tells agencies to ease ObamaCare burden. Fox News. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  5. Trump administration revokes Obama-era transgender bathroom guidance for schools. Fox News. February 22, 2017. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  6. Munro, Neil (February 21, 2017). Donald Trump Junks Barack Obama’s Pro-Transgender Policies. Breitbart. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  7. H.J. Res. 37 - Joint Resolution disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration relating to the Federal Acquisition Regulation. Retrieved on June 14, 2017.
  8. Berry, Susan (April 14, 2017). Trump Appoints Religious Liberty Defender Roger Severino to Head HHS Office for Civil Rights. Breitbart News. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  9. LaBarbera, Peter (April 11, 2017). Trump picks pro-life conservative to lead HHS civil rights office. Life Site News. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  10. Noble, Andrea (April 14, 2017). Justice Dept. drops ‘bathroom bill’ suit against North Carolina after HB2 repeal. The Washington Times. Retrieved April 15, 2017.
  11. Multiple references:
  12. Proclamation 9605 of May 4, 2017 -- National Day of Prayer, 2017. Federal Register. May 9, 2017. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  13. Multiple references:
  14. Mason, Ian (May 4, 2017). Trump’s Religious Liberty Order Gives Sessions Major Leeway. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  15. Starnes, Todd (May 4, 2017). Trump: ‘We Will Not Allow People of Faith to be Bullied’. Townhall. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  16. Multiple references:
  17. Berry, Susan (May 12, 2017). Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Commits to Religious Freedom. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  18. Munro, Neil (May 18, 2017). Donald Trump’s Deputies Removing Pro-Transgender Rule from Obamacare. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  19. Hellmann, Jessie (June 6, 2017). Abstinence education advocate named to HHS post. The Hill. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  20. Carter, Brandon (July 1, 2017). Trump breaks tradition, doesn't recognize LGBT Pride Month. The Hill. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  21. Multiple references:
  22. Craine, Patrick B. (January 31, 2017). BREAKING: Trump won’t overturn Obama’s special rights for LGBT gov’t workers. Life Site News. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  23. Rodriguez, Katherine (January 31, 2017). Trump to Keep Obama Executive Order Protecting LGBTQ Federal Workers. Breitbart News. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  24. LaBarbera, Peter (February 9, 2017). Ivanka Trump, husband reportedly stopped religious freedom order; Pence affirms pro-LGBT rights move. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  25. O'Hara, Mary Emily (March 29, 2017). LGBTQ Advocates Say Trump’s New Executive Order Makes Them Vulnerable to Discrimination. NBC News. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  26. Berry, Susan (June 23, 2017). Donald Trump’s Deputies Quietly Push Transgender Ideology Onto Schools. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
  27. Jalsevac, Steve (August 4, 2017). The evidence: Trump fails on gay/trans/religious liberty issues. LifeSite News. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  28. Gehrke, Joel (August 18, 2017). State Department: 'Even the white guys' support diversity program. Washington Examiner. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  29. Multiple references: