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White House Says LGBT Protections For Federal Workers Will Remain

posted on January 31, 2017

The New York Times’ Juliet Eilperin and Sandhya Somashekhar report, “The White House vowed Tuesday to keep the Obama administration protections extended to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers, a statement said, apparently responding to reports that the orders would be reversed.” The executive order, signed by Obama in 2014, bars discrimination in federal hiring on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and has a provision that requires companies doing business with the government to have policies preventing LGBT discrimination. Eilperin and Somashekhar point out, “The issue of gay rights is particularly fraught for Vice President Pence, who as governor of Indiana signed a controversial measure expanding religious liberties in a way that gay rights groups said opened the door to legalized discrimination.”

Read at The New York Times