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No Religious Exemptions on New LBGT Discrimination Orders

No Religious Exemptions on New LBGT Discrimination Orders

On Monday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order banning workplace discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees of federal contractors and the federal government. The categories of sexual orientation and identity were added to existing non-discrimination orders for race, color, religion, sex or national origin, meaning there will be no exemption for religious organizations.

However, Obama chose to let stand a 2007 exemption memo saying the Religious Freedom Restoration Act still exempts World Vision and other organizations that funnel federal funds to social justice causes from religious nondiscrimination requirements. “America’s federal contracts should not subsidize discrimination against the American people,” Obama said just before signing the order. “I’m going to do what I can with the authority I have to act” …

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