Justice Department’s New Civil Chief Is Anti-Gay Crusader

Eric Dreiband, the new chief of the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department.

Eric Dreiband, an attorney with the firm Jones Day who defended the University of North Carolina in its honoring of that state’s anti-LGBTQ “bathroom bill” and fought to allow anti-LGBTQ discrimination by medical providers who cite their “faith”-based objections under the Affordable Care Act, was confirmed on a party-line vote to head the Civil Rights Division of the US Justice Department.

Dreiband now responsible for overseeing enforcement of all federal civil rights laws and what’s left of the Voting Rights Act. At Jones Day, he often represented corporate clients defending themselves against discrimination claims.

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