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White House Responds To Taylor Swift's Call At VMAs To Pass Equality Act

The White House has an answer for Taylor Swift after the pop star took to the stage at Monday's Video Music Awards to demand action on the Equality Act, which would prohibit LGBTQ discrimination.

People reports that on Tuesday, White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said in a statement, "The Trump Administration absolutely opposes discrimination of any kind and supports the equal treatment of all; however, the House-passed bill in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights."

Swift had said while accepting the Video of the Year award for her pro-gray anthem "You Need to Calm Down," "We deserve equal rights under the law. I want to thank everyone who signed that petition because it has half a million signatures, which is five times the amount it would need to warrant a response from the White House."

Swift was referring to the call for action at the end of the "You Need to Calm Down" video, but People notes that the Trump administration has not continued Barack Obama's policy of responding to White House petitions that receive a million or more signatures.

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