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President Obama to Sign LGBT Anti-Discrimination Executive Order on Monday

President Obama plans to sign the promised executive order barring anti-LGBT discrimination by federal contractors on Monday, the Washington Blade reports:

2_obamaIn a conference call with reporters on Friday, senior administration officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Obama plans to amend existing executive orders barring discrimination against workers to include protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Obama intends to amend Executive Order 11246, which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, to add the categories of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Additionally, Obama plans to amend Executive Order 11478, which prohibits discrimination in the federal civilian workplace — and was already amended by President Clinton to include sexual orientation — to include gender identity.

But the amendments also won’t repeal President George W. Bush’s amendment to EO 11246, which allows religious-affiliated federal contractors to discriminate on the basis of religion, officials said.

The order is expected to take effect early next year.

The Huffington Post adds:

To the relief of the LGBT community, there is no sweeping religious exemption in the executive order. Obama is simply adding the categories of sexual orientation and gender identity to an existing executive order that protects employees of federal contractors from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. President George W. Bush amended that executive order in 2002 to allow religiously affiliated federal contractors to prioritize hiring employees of their particular religion, however, and Obama is keeping that language intact.

Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, released a statement reacting to the announcement:

"This decision is good for LGBT people, good for our economy and good for America. It also speaks volumes about President Obama’s resolve to end discrimination in all its guises. Millions more LGBT workers and their families will have the employment protections and economic security they need and deserve. Many organizations have worked extremely hard for this day and they all deserve thanks for this successful effort. We appreciate President Obama treating LGBT people equally with other protected groups. Thank you Mr. President for once again showing leadership and standing firm on your commitment to LGBT people and their families."

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  1. Bill Clinton and Hillary will probably receive another award for deciding they were wrong for banning gays and lesbians from joining the miltary. All LGBT awards go to the Clintons while President Obama is ridiculed for not doing enough.

    Posted by: Larry | Jul 18, 2014 4:02:43 PM

  2. With or without the BROAD religious exemption?! I think that's what we really want to know about.

    I'm sure the reader will forgive my skepticism, but if it's being signed I'm assuming that it means WITH the religious exemption. It wouldn't be signed without it. After all, we can't have a REAL employment non-discrimination act that actually protects LGBTs... We need a discrimination act that protects the special rights of the religious!

    "Don't worry gays, the only people who will be able to discriminate against you will be ALL of the people who want to discriminate you. It'll be TOTALLY DIFFERENT than the way it is right now, I swear! Instead of being able to fire you or not hire you because you're gay, they'll be able to fire you or not hire you because of their 'deeply held religious bigotry' - I mean beliefs! Excuse me; I don't know why I said bigotry instead of beliefs."

    Posted by: Anon | Jul 18, 2014 4:03:54 PM

  3. @ ANON: with them, so @LARRY: no, not enough. though in his defense he can't really overturn 43's exemptions with a pen stroke.

    Posted by: John | Jul 18, 2014 4:24:04 PM

  4. It also means with the previous exemption intact, a Mormon contractor can give Mormons priority over Catholics in hiring. Catholics will have a taste of their own medicine. A gay business owner can now confess their Buddhist faith to discriminate against the Catholics. Probably picking Muslim will make it more "natural".

    Posted by: simon | Jul 18, 2014 4:24:44 PM

  5. @Larry, EXACTLY. I'm so sick of all the Clinton fawning when they haven't done the REAL work that is benefitting the LGBT community. THANK YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA AND ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER!

    Posted by: Red | Jul 18, 2014 4:50:30 PM

  6. "Bush amended that executive order in 2002 to allow religiously affiliated federal contractors to prioritize hiring employees of their particular religion"

    Really, it's time to end religious supremacy in the USA. We'd all like to be able to pick employees and co-workers just like ourselves. But that's un-American, and a violation of others' equal rights.

    Posted by: Randy | Jul 18, 2014 5:49:36 PM

  7. Can someone help me understand? It seems, in general, that the categories of sexual orientation and gender identity to existing categories already protected by earlier executive orders. This, of course, is good news. But the religious exemption stuff … does this mean, for example, a religious college accepting federal funds or engaging in a federal contract is able to discriminate against the hiring of LGBTQ workers for said contract?

    Posted by: Hawthorne | Jul 18, 2014 8:24:52 PM

  8. Yay for Obama!!! He cares about our rights.

    Posted by: petey | Jul 19, 2014 6:42:57 AM

  9. @ Towleroad,

    On the features section on your home page, it says, "MONDAY: Obama to sing LGBT anti-discrimination executive order."

    Correction: Obviously, you mean "sign" not "sing."

    But it would be nice to hear him belt out a cabaret-style tune in celebration.

    Posted by: Jedi | Jul 20, 2014 11:44:45 AM

  10. I can't wait to hear him sing this.

    Posted by: Dan Antimony | Jul 20, 2014 6:57:03 PM

  11. "Singing" it would be kinda gay, not too mention totally cool.

    Posted by: Retro | Jul 21, 2014 3:44:35 AM

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