Obama extends LGBT rights for federal contractors comment (0)
August 7, 2014
WASHINGTON — President Obama used his authority to extend workplace protections among federal contractors to homosexual, bisexual and transgender status — prompting concerns the action will subvert religious freedom.
Issued July 21, the executive order bars federal contractors from discriminating based on “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” His order — which the White House announced in June would be forthcoming — also adds “gender identity” to categories protected in federal employment.
The order maintains a 2002 directive by President George W. Bush that permits contractors that are religious corporations or institutions to employ individuals based on their religious identity.