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What Obama gets for coddling the religious right

To the editor: What a surprise! Religious leaders are leaning on President Obama to exempt their faithful from an executive order prohibiting discrimination against gays and transgenders by government contractors. ("Obama should say no to a religion-based exemption on hiring discrimination," Editorial, July 8) This comes after Obama so often has unwisely coddled the religious right. Most famously he approved an exemption — for certain business owners who profess faith-based objections to abortion — from the Affordable Care Act's mandate to provide their employees with health insurance covering a full range of reproductive services. Later, his administration supported government-...