Religious freedom could top Sessions civil rights priorities

Source: Associated Press

By SADIE GURMAN

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump spoke to the National Prayer Breakfast this month, he underscored his vow to defend the religious rights of the conservative Christians who helped propel him to power.

Now, they expect the Justice Department under new Attorney General Jeff Sessions will reposition itself as a champion of what they see as that religious freedom.

It would be a welcome change for conservative Christians who say their concerns were marginalized under the Obama administration in favor of First Amendment and LGBT issues.

Exactly how Sessions will approach the issue remains to be seen, but he has given them plenty of reasons to be hopeful.

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