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Betsy DeVos abandons LGBTQ students, won’t protect them from discrimination

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Betsy DeVos abandons LGBTQ students, won’t protect them from discrimination

In heated testimony, DeVos won’t budge.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Susan Wals

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos told a congressional panel Tuesday that she will do nothing to prevent schools from discriminating against LGBTQ students.

During Tuesday’s hearing, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) asked DeVos about whether or not her department would continue to provide federal funding to schools that had anti-LGBTQ policies. At first she tried to dodge the question by asserting, “Schools that receive federal funds must follow federal law.” But Merkley pressed, leading DeVos to say, “In areas where the law is unsettled, this department is not going to be issuing decrees. That is a matter for Congress and the courts to settle.”

Merkley continued to grill for DeVos for clarification, but she refused...

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