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Obama signs order banning LGBT discrimination by federal contractors
Obama signs order banning LGBT discrimination by federal contractors

President Obama signed an executive order Monday barring federal contractors from discriminating against gay employees and prohibiting discrimination against federal workers who identify as transgender. “In too many states and in too many workplaces, simply being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender can still be a fire-able offense,” Obama said. “I firmly believe it’s time to address this injustice for every American.” Obama's two-part directive will amend an existing executive order that was issued by President Johnson in 1965 preventing federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. The new...

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