Laxalt pushed the Trump Administration to protect health care workers who refused care to LGBT people.
Laxalt signed a letter to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services in support of “conscience protections” for health care professionals who refused care based on moral or religious objections. In Laxalt’s view, health care providers should be able to refuse to aid a transgender person in transition or to provide infertility treatments for an LGBT couple. The letter praised Trump’s plan to create a new unit to protect those “rights,” in a move which Lambda Legal said was “explicitly intended to facilitate refusals of medically necessary health care in the name of religion.”
Laxalt supported Mississippi’s unconstitutional efforts to discriminate against LGBT people.
The law allowed for governments or businesses to discriminate against LGBT people, and even fire them. It sought to protect the religious beliefs that “only opposite-sex couples can marry, that sex is reserved for married heterosexual couples, and that gender is determined by physical characteristics at birth, a provision aimed at transgender people.”
Laxalt opposed ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in a pair of homophobic op-eds.
In an October 2010 homophobic screed in The American Spectator, Laxalt bemoaned servicemembers being taught that “homosexuality…is an accepted and equal lifestyle.” Laxalt also claimed that support for LGBT equality was some sort of fringe position reserved only for the “elite” and asserted that “homosexuality and its integration into society are anything but certain right now.” Two months later, Laxalt argued in a National Review op-ed that “Allowing homosexuals to ‘live out’ their sexuality and their relationships in the military would cause many problems [like] more assaults,” suggesting “leaders will be forced to endorse homosexuality as a lifestyle.” “Politicians must be able to step up and discuss this without fear of being slammed as bigots,” Laxalt insisted.
#AskLaxalt why he believes that LGBT Nevadans deserve fewer rights.
Laxalt has tried to hide his views because he’s way to the right of Gov. Sandoval on equality issues. In 2014, Gov. Sandoval sided with Democratic then-attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto in saying Nevada’s ban on gay marriage is “no longer defensible.” Laxalt disagreed, saying it should be up to voters to change the Nevada Constitution.
Laxalt called the 2016 Obama directive on bathroom use “coercive guidance,” while Gov. Sandoval’s office said the Obama Administration needn’t worry about Nevada schools due to existing state anti-discrimination laws.