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

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Main article: Donald Trump achievements

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.

The Trump Administration advanced and enacted social numerous conservative policies.[1] Due to his achievements in advancing conservative social policies, President Trump was described as "taking back America's culture" by the conservative media.[2] United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, who resigned in late September 2017, used his tenure as secretary to advance numerous conservative policies.[3] President Trump played a large role in the Culture War.[4]

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.

Executive actions

The Trump Administration took numerous actions related to healthcare and welfare:

  • 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.[5][6]
  • August 30, 2017—The Department of Health and Human Services rescinded an Obama-era directive that had allowed states to request a waiver to ignore work requirements for the poor in order to receive welfare.[7]
  • October 12, 2017—President Trump signed an executive order to increase market competition and make the healthcare market freer, such as by expanding access to plans that reach across state lines and which do not have to comply with ObamaCare rules.[8]
  • October 12, 2017—The Trump Administration announced it would stop paying Obamacare subsidies, which a federal court ruled during the Obama Administration to be unconstitutional.[9]

The Trump Administration took numerous actions related to religious liberty:

  • May 4, 2017—On the annual National Day of Prayer,[10] 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.[11] The order gave conservative Attorney General Jeff Sessions greater authority regarding religious liberty policy.[12] Although well received by some Christians and conservatives,[13] others criticized it for being ineffective and easy to repeal.[14]
  • October 6, 2017—The Department of Health and Human Services rolled back the ObamaCare contraceptive mandate which required employers to provide birth control and sterilization procedures to employees even if the employers disagreed with the services for religious and moral reasons.[15][16]
  • October 6, 2017—The Department of Justice issued several memos directing how federal agencies should interpret religious freedom, directing the DOJ to vet proposed regulations for any potential impact on religious freedom, and ordering the IRS not to enforce the Johnson Amendment.[16][17]
  • November 6, 2017—The Department of Agriculture issued a guidance protecting religious liberty and ensuring that Christians who opposed homosexual "marriage" would not be discriminated against for their beliefs.[18]

The Trump Administration took numerous actions related to homosexual, transgender, and other sex-related matters:

  • February 22, 2017—President Trump rescinded former President Obama's pro-transgender guidelines for schools receiving federal aid that are subject to Title IX.[19] A day earlier, the Trump Administration announced it would discontinue Obama's pro-transgender policies.[20]
  • 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.[21]
  • In May 2017, the Trump Administration began to undo Section 1557 of ObamaCare, which would have helped liberals gain transexual "rights" through the courts.[22]
  • President Trump did not proclaim June 2017 as LGBT Pride Month, unlike former presidents Clinton and Obama.[23]
  • October 4, 2017—The Department of Justice issued a memo reversing an Obama-era policy that had the DOJ interpret the scope of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to extend to "gender identity."[24]


  • April 14, 2017—President Trump appointed Roger Severino, a strong defender of religious liberty, to the HHS Office for Civil Rights.[25][26]
  • 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.[27]

Other achievements


  • 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.[30][31] Additionally, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner reportedly derailed a proposed executive order protecting religious liberty at the same time.[32] 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).[33]
  • It was reported in June 2017 that the Trump Administration officials continued Obama's advancement of transgender ideology into public schools.[34]
  • Despite the Trump Administration's actions in advancing social conservative policies,[1] 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.[35]
  • August 2017—Not only did Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announce he would keep two programs in the department intended to increase racial diversity,[36] but he announced that the department would take further action for racial diversity, such as considering at least one minority for every ambassadorship position.[37] In addition, the State Department under Tillerson recognized the "Transgender Day of Remembrance."[38]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Easley, Jonathan (October 10, 2017). Religious right notches gains under Trump. The Hill. Retrieved October 10, 2017.
  2. Berry, Susan (July 30, 2017). Seven Ways Trump Is Taking Back America’s Culture. Breitbart News. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  3. Demko, Paul; Pittman, David; Ehley, Brianna (October 3, 2017). Why Price’s conservative imprint on HHS is likely to endure. Politico. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  4. Easley, Jonathan (October 15, 2017). Trump ramps up the culture war. The Hill. Retrieved October 15, 2017.
  5. Fabian, Jordan (January 20, 2017). Trump signs ObamaCare executive order. The Hill. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  6. Chamberlain, Samuel (January 20, 2017). In first executive order, Trump tells agencies to ease ObamaCare burden. Fox News. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  7. Multiple references:
  8. Multiple references:
  9. Multiple references:
  10. Proclamation 9605 of May 4, 2017 -- National Day of Prayer, 2017. Federal Register. May 9, 2017. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  11. Multiple references:
  12. Mason, Ian (May 4, 2017). Trump’s Religious Liberty Order Gives Sessions Major Leeway. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  13. Starnes, Todd (May 4, 2017). Trump: ‘We Will Not Allow People of Faith to be Bullied’. Townhall. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  14. Multiple references:
  15. Multiple references:
  16. 16.0 16.1 Multiple references:
  17. Multiple references:
  18. Multiple references: In May 2017, Secretary Sonny Perdue stated the Department of Agriculture was committed to religious freedom:
  19. Trump administration revokes Obama-era transgender bathroom guidance for schools. Fox News. February 22, 2017. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  20. Munro, Neil (February 21, 2017). Donald Trump Junks Barack Obama’s Pro-Transgender Policies. Breitbart. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  21. Noble, Andrea (April 14, 2017). Justice Dept. drops ‘bathroom bill’ suit against North Carolina after HB2 repeal. The Washington Times. Retrieved April 15, 2017.
  22. Munro, Neil (May 18, 2017). Donald Trump’s Deputies Removing Pro-Transgender Rule from Obamacare. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  23. Carter, Brandon (July 1, 2017). Trump breaks tradition, doesn't recognize LGBT Pride Month. The Hill. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  24. Multiple references:
  25. 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.
  26. LaBarbera, Peter (April 11, 2017). Trump picks pro-life conservative to lead HHS civil rights office. Life Site News. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  27. Hellmann, Jessie (June 6, 2017). Abstinence education advocate named to HHS post. The Hill. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  28. Multiple references:
  29. Multiple references:
  30. 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.
  31. Rodriguez, Katherine (January 31, 2017). Trump to Keep Obama Executive Order Protecting LGBTQ Federal Workers. Breitbart News. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  32. LaBarbera, Peter (February 9, 2017). Ivanka Trump, husband reportedly stopped religious freedom order; Pence affirms pro-LGBT rights move. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  33. 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.
  34. Berry, Susan (June 23, 2017). Donald Trump’s Deputies Quietly Push Transgender Ideology Onto Schools. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
  35. Jalsevac, Steve (August 4, 2017). The evidence: Trump fails on gay/trans/religious liberty issues. LifeSite News. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  36. Gehrke, Joel (August 18, 2017). State Department: 'Even the white guys' support diversity program. Washington Examiner. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  37. Multiple references:
  38. Mason, Ian (November 20, 2017). Rex Tillerson’s State Department Marks ‘Transgender Day of Remembrance’. Breitbart News. Retrieved November 21, 2017.