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WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal workers and contractors who are gay and transgender are getting new protections from President Barack Obama.

Obama is signing executive orders that will prohibit employment discrimination against those workers by the federal government and its contracting agencies.

Some religious groups and conservatives urged him to provide a broad exemption for religious groups. But Obama declined.

Last month, the Supreme Court allowed some religiously oriented businesses to opt out of Obama’s requirement that employers provide free birth control.

The president planned to take the action in the White House East Room Monday.

President Bill Clinton already protected federal employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation. But Obama is adding gender identity.

Neither group previously had protection under the law in federal contracting. Federal contractors employ one-fifth of the U.S. workforce.

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4 thoughts on “Obama Gives Protection To Gay, Transgender Workers

  1. Diamondgrrl55 on said:

    I don’t see a problem with Obama protecting their rights. We all live in this world and have to make a living so we should not be descriminated against for any reason. I’m sure religious people have a problem with his decision but they need to understand God does not represent hate so neither should they. Let God be the one to do the judging and let everyone live their life the way they see fit. It ain’t our business if they are not causing harm to us.

  2. dangerous BlkMan on said:

    I am beginning to believe in the conspiracy that Obama is really gay and that he had his gay lover killed before becoming president.
    If he would give us as much attention as he is giving the gays then we would start finally getting ahead in this country. But instead he wants to give all these confused white people his attention.

    • Jermaine on said:

      There is a video online by Phil Valentine entitled ‘The Psychology of Evil’ where there is a frame with him clearly in a lip lock with who looks like Egypt’s president Hosni Mubarak. I thought of it being photo shopped but then I considered the integrity of Valentine and knew that he would not do that. Man, you have GOT to see this for yourself.

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