CVS Health Corp. said on Monday it would close about 1,100 pharmacy locations nationwide to allow for health officials to monitor patients’ use of gay-friendly policies.
The company said it would be open in some cities, but only in some locations, and that it would offer the services of a pharmacy that does not sell to gay customers.
“As a result, CVS will only be accepting same-sex-friendly pharmacy-clients,” CVS said in a statement.
The announcement came a day after President Donald Trump issued an executive order barring transgender people from serving in the military.
“I think it’s a mistake that we made in not having more people be able to serve and serve well and that we can’t continue to let people serve in this country with those kinds of prejudices,” Trump said in his first remarks since announcing the policy.
“We’ve got to change that.”
Trump has defended the policy by saying that he believes gay people are “strong, smart, patriotic people.”
The president has faced widespread criticism from LGBT groups for saying that gay people shouldn’t be allowed to serve in the armed forces.
The new policy is the latest effort by the Trump administration to roll back protections for LGBT Americans.
Earlier this year, the Justice Department launched a probe into whether the Trump campaign had discriminated against gay people in hiring and hiring policies.
A federal judge in New York ruled that the campaign did not discriminate because it did not require people to disclose their sexual orientation.
In October, Trump said that he would not allow transgender people to serve openly in the U.S. military, but the White House later reversed course and said it was open to allowing transgender people into the military if they wanted.