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Limited ban on anti-gay discrimination is a welcome start
Limited ban on anti-gay discrimination is a welcome start

That “whooshing” sound you just heard? That was President Obama making another partial end-run around Congress, also known as “the place where legislation goes to die.” Word filtered out of the White House on Monday morning that Obama planned to sign an executive order banning anti-gay discrimination among companies that do business with the federal government, enacting for those employees protections included in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. That law, which would bar employers (with some notable exemptions) from firing or censuring a worker based on sexual orientation, passed the Democratic Senate but stalled in the Republican House. Obama has taken...

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