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UPDATE: Obama To Sign Amended Exec Order 11246 With Bush Era Religious Exemptions Intact

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It turns out that there is more to the earlier story that has been reported as President Obama will not be signing a NEW Executive Order protecting LGBT  federal contractors from discrimination but amending the previous Executive Order 11246, which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex and will not remove President George W. Bush’s amendment to EO 11246,  whick would still allow religious-affiliated federal contractors (charities) to discriminate on the basis of religion,

The White House believes the executive actions protect LGBT workers and the interests of religious-affiliated employers, officials said.

In other words, gay people still won’t be protected against the most common reason for discrimination and our “fierce” leader is still really not that “fierce” 

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Today the White House has announced that President Barack Obama will sign executive order on Monday that will prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees and job seekers WITHOUT a religious exemption that would allow LGBT discrimination continue under the guise of so called “religious beliefs”. Heather Cronk, GetEQUAL director, issued the following statement:

“We’re so proud today of the decision made by the Obama Administration to resist the calls by a small number of right-wing conservatives to insert religious exemptions into civil rights protections. While we will continue to press for full equality under the law for LGBTQ Americans, we’re thrilled with the announcement today and look forward to President Obama signing his name to an executive order on Monday that we can all be proud of.” For weeks, GetEQUAL — a national social justice organization that advocates for full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Americans — has pressured the Obama Administration to take this action without including religious exemptions in order to avoid creating a dangerous precedent not only for the LGBTQ community, but for women, immigrants, young people, and many others.”

Prepare for the right-wing bigot super meltdown in 5…. 4….. 3….. 2…….

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