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Nov 13, 2016 7:21 PM

Trump win resets culture war debate on abortion, LGBT rights

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The election triumph of Donald Trump and congressional Republicans has breathed new life into the campaign for religious exemptions from same-sex marriage and other laws.

Christian bakers, florists, photographers and hosts of wedding venues have faced penalties for turning away same-sex couples.

But in a letter last month to Catholics, Trump pledged to defend the rights of individuals, business owners and academic institutions to fully practice their religion. Many Trump supporters hope his appointments to federal courts, including the Supreme Court, will uphold that pledge.

During the campaign, Trump also promised to repeal an IRS rule barring pastors from endorsing candidates from the pulpit.

The election's repercussions also could include renewed efforts to restrict abortion. And the Obama administration's push to let transgender students use the bathrooms, locker rooms and showers of their choice may be halted.

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