Governor Wolf Urges President Not to Sign EO Authorizing Discrimination May 03, 2017 National Issues, Non-discrimination, Press Release, Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf responded to reports of the President’s plans to sign a sweeping ‘religious liberty’ executive order that could open the door to nationwide discrimination against LGBT Americans and women and released the following statement urging President Trump to not sign such an order:“Freedom of religion is already protected under the Constitution and it is unconscionable to open the door for national discrimination of LGBT citizens and women under the guise of furthering what is already protected. If the President is even considering signing this executive order, I urge him to stop and focus on protecting all Americans, rather than further dividing the country.“LGBT citizens are still waiting for Washington and Harrisburg to enact anti-discrimination policies to protect them as other citizens, including people expressing their faith, already have been. And yet the White House seems intent on making their lives even harder.“This is not who we are and the President should not cause real distress for LGBT Americans and women just to score political points.” SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Press Association The Italian has opted to leave QPR defender Dunne, 33, out of his selection to visit the Cardiff City Stadium on August 14, while Wolves’ former England Under-21 international Stearman is overlooked despite acquiring an Irish passport last year. Dunne, who returned to the Ireland squad after a year out in June’s victory over Georgia, is still recovering from a groin injury but has been taken on QPR’s pre-season tour of Turkey. Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has not included defenders Richard Dunne or Richard Stearman in a provisional 26-man squad to face Wales in an August friendly. Los Angeles Galaxy striker Robbie Keane, also 33, and Millwall winger Andy Keogh are omitted as Trapattoni looks to experiment with a younger selection. Nowich midfielder Anthony Pilkington, 25, could earn his first cap having received his first Irish call-up for a friendly against Poland in February. Ireland were unbeaten in 2013 until last month’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to Spain, claiming impressive victories over Georgia and the Faroe Islands and holding England to a 1-1 draw in a Wembley friendly. Trapattoni said: “We can draw a lot from our performances in May and June. The team showed strong character and enthusiasm against Spain, England and Georgia, and picked up three vital points against the Faroe Islands. “The players have demonstrated that they are building on each game, and are working very well together. “This fixture will allow us one more opportunity to prepare for the important World Cup qualifiers in September against Sweden and Austria. We will use this time to experiment and develop confidence ahead of the games. “I am looking forward to assembling the squad in Cardiff on August 11.” The Football Association of Ireland confirmed the squad will be shortened ahead of the fixture to accommodate injuries. Provisional Ireland squad: Forde (Millwall), Westwood (Sunderland), Randolph (Birmingham), O’Shea (Sunderland), St Ledger (Leicester), Wilson (Stoke), Coleman (Everton), Kelly (Reading), O’Dea (Metalurg Donetsk), Clark (Aston Villa), McShane (Hull), Whelan (Stoke), McCarthy (Wigan), Green (Leeds), Hendrick (Derby), McGeady (Spartak Moscow), Pilkington (Norwich), McClean (Sunderland), Brady (Hull), Meyler (Hull), Quinn (Hull), Hoolahan (Norwich), Long (West Brom), Sammon (Derby), Walters (Stoke), Cox (Nottingham Forest).