Republicans Protest ‘Gender Identity’ Rider in New Trade Deal with Canada, Mexico

‘A trade agreement is no place for the adoption of social policy…’

Republicans Protest Trump's New Trade Agreement Because It Protects 'Gender Identity'

Justin Trudeau and Enrique Pena Nieto/IMAGE: CBC News via Youtube

(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Republicans are calling on President Donald Trump to drop a provision in the recently negotiated U.S. trade proposal with Mexico and Canada that would establish special rights for sexual orientation and gender identity.

The U.S. is set to sign the new North American Free Trade Agreement deal on Nov. 30, but many Republicans are protesting its inclusion of unfair language protecting gender identity.

More than 38 GOP lawmakers asked Trump to remove this language from the trade agreement.

“A trade agreement is no place for the adoption of social policy,” the lawmakers wrote in a Nov. 16 letter. “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.”


This is the first time a provision protecting workers against sex discrimination under the guise of “gender identity” has been included in a U.S. trade agreement, Politico reported. The language was reportedly the result the demands of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who called it a “big win” for the LGBTQ community.

The GOP lawmakers were quick to point out that the Trump administration has not promoted special rights for transgender people in any other area.

“One wonders at the contradictory policy coming through [the U.S. Trade Representative] when other departments under your administration are working to come into alignment on [sexual orientation and gender identity] policy,” the letter states.

Even the Department of Health and Human Services is planning to exclude transgender people from its legal definition of gender, which the GOP lawmakers said is encouraging.

Mat Staver, founder and chairman of pro-Christian nonprofit Liberty Counsel, said Trump should not allow Trudeau to dictate U.S. social policy.

“President Donald Trump must insist that social policy that overrides our sovereignty be removed from the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement,” Staver said in a statement.

“These provisions are a Trojan horse that could be used like a wrecking ball against federal and state laws to advance an LGBT agenda on private employers. This LGBT social policy is a poison pill and must be reformed.”