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AG directive protects religious objectors to LGBT rights

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FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2017 file photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions makes a statement at the Justice Department in Washington. Sessions said Thursday he is reviving a Bush era crime-fighting strategy that emphasizes aggressive prosecution of gun and gang crimes. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Source: The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an order that undercuts protections for LGBT people, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a sweeping directive to agencies Friday to do as much as possible to accommodate those who claim their religious freedoms are being violated.

The guidance, an attempt to deliver on President Donald Trump's pledge to his evangelical and other religious supporters, effectively lifts a burden from religious objectors to prove that their beliefs about marriage or other topics are sincerely held.

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