Sunday, 20 July 2014

White House says Obama’s LGBT executive order will not provide religious exemption - The Washington Post

President Obama, resisting calls from several prominent faith leaders, will not include a new exemption for religiously affiliated government contractors when he issues an executive order Monday barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, the White House said Friday.

Obama announced last month that he would sign such an order after concluding that Congress was not going to act on a broader measure prohibiting discrimination based on sexual discrimination or gender identity by companies.

 Since then, faith leaders have urged him to include an exemption for government contractors with a religious affiliation, such as some social service agencies...

Read the rest of this extremely important article here: White House says Obama’s LGBT executive order will not provide religious exemption - The Washington Post

Considering the stranglehold religious extremists have on US politics, espeically but not exclusively the right, this is a tough and courageous stand for equality on Obama's part. 

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