Democracy Now! — Monday, Feb. 6, 2017

Courts have temporarily blocked President Trump’s executive order banning people from seven majority-Muslim nations from entering the United States. Early this morning, lawyers for the states of Washington and Minnesota filed a brief with a panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals arguing against restoring Trump’s executive order banning people from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen from entering the United States, saying that to reinstate the ban would “unleash chaos again.”

On Sunday, a California appeals court sided with a lower court in Seattle and refused to reinstate the travel ban. The Seattle ruling, issued by U.S. District Court Judge James Robart on Friday, imposed a nationwide temporary restraining order on the ban. Over the weekend, the Department of Homeland Security began allowing visa holders affected by Trump’s order to board U.S.-bound flights. On Sunday, Roslyn Sinha, an Iraqi passport holder with a valid visa to live in the United States, was among those who was able to return.

Also on today’s show:

Seattle Lawyer Challenging Trump’s Muslim Ban: “The Outpouring of Support is Unprecedented”
Over the weekend, the Department of Homeland Security began allowing visa holders affected by Trump’s order to board U.S.-bound flights. The agency said it had “suspended any and all actions” related to the travel ban. Among those who were able to travel back to the U.S. was a 12-year-old Yemeni daughter who was able to reunite with her family on Sunday. Her family’s lawyer, Matt Adams, joins this segment. He’s the lead attorney for a class action lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s executive order.

“Resist, Resist, Resist”: Thousands Protest Trump in Solidarity with LGBT Community at Stonewall in NYC
On Saturday, thousands of anti-Trump demonstrators supporting the LGBT community held a rally in front of the Stonewall Inn in New York City’s West Village. The site was recently designated by the Obama administration as a national monument for its historic role in the long fight for gay rights.

On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn. The people inside, led by transgender patrons, fought back. The ensuing riot launched the modern gay and lesbian rights movement. New York City elected officials, activists and celebrities spoke at Saturday’s event. We hear voices from the rally, including the first openly gay New York City Council member, Corey Johnson, as well as actress and model Hari Nef, actor Omar Sharif Jr. and transgender Mexican activist Ishalaa Ortega.

Actor Cynthia Nixon at LGBT Rally Outside Stonewall Inn: Trump’s “Fear and Anger Are Consuming Him”
Among the thousands of anti-Trump demonstrators who gathered outside the Stonewall Inn in New York City’s West Village was actress Cynthia Nixon, best known for her role as Miranda in “Sex and the City.”

Trump Reportedly Scraps Anti-LGBT Executive Order, But Vows to Give Churches More Political Power
Speaking at a National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, Trump vowed to “destroy” the Johnson Amendment, a 1954 provision that prohibits tax-exempt religious or charitable organizations from “directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office.” White evangelical Protestants have long pushed for the amendment to be repealed.

Another move reportedly being considered by the Trump administration is a sweeping religious freedom executive order that would create wholesale exemptions for people and organizations who claim religious objections to same-sex marriage, premarital sex, abortion and trans identity. Journalist Sarah Posner offers her thoughts. Her most recent piece published in The Nation is titled “Leaked Draft of Trump’s Religious Freedom Order Reveals Sweeping Plans to Legalize Discrimination.”


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