In the piece, Simpson begs the President not to sign his pending executive order that would allow government workers to discriminate legally against LGBTs, women, and other minorities on "religious grounds."
I find no fault with Simpon's arguments.
The problem I have with this piece is this: even if Trump does not sign this executive order, he has promised to sign the deceptively titled "First Amendment Defense Act" (FADA), which would allow business and their employees to discriminate legally against LGBTs, women, and other minorities on "religious grounds."
So while arguably it is good news that LGBT Americans would not face discrimination in veterans hospitals or national parks, every place else outside government property could be open season.
You might visit a national park, for instance, but service stations could refuse to allow you to use their bathrooms when you fueled up on your way to the national park. Hotels, motels, and restaurants could also refuse to serve you on your journey.
The federal government integrated government services and opportunities in the 1950s, but that was not enough because a wide swath of American businesses refused service to minorities and people of color. Only when the Supreme Court struck down discriminatory state laws nationwide to all people of color achieve equality.
A nation that allows some discrimination with separate but unequal treatment is not a free society. It's all or nothing at all.