Obama To Sign Executive Orders Protecting Homosexual Employees

President Barack Obama plans to sign executive orders today prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, but a pre-existing exemption will reportedly remain in place.

White House officials say Obama will amend a 1965 executive order that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating based on race, religion, gender or nationality in hiring. Obama plans to add sexual orientation and gender identity to that list.

But senior administration officials say Obama will not change exemptions added by President George W. Bush that allow religious contractors to employ only fellow believers.

It's unclear if those employees could be required to obey church precepts prohibiting sex outside of heterosexual marriage.

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