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Obama's antigay discrimination order revives a familar religious freedom fight

www.businessweek.com Published: June 18, 2014
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After five years of hedging and rebuffing, the White House announced this week it would make good on a campaign promise with an executive order banning discrimination by federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. But now lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transexual advocates who have long agitated for just such a move are warning the president not to undermine it by exempting religious groups, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

A broad exemption, warns Lambda Legal senior counsel Jennifer Pizer, could “set a very damaging precedent.” Not only would it “permit discrimination,” she says, “it would be a broad message to the public that discrimination against LGBT people is not deserving of the same robust prohibition that is in place with respect to other kinds of discrimination.”

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