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Obama to sign order extending protections to gays

10 months ago Monday, June 16, 2014 9:19:59 AM CDT June 16, 2014 Monday, June 16 2014 Jun 16, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - A White House official says President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation.

The move follows years of pressure from gay rights groups for Obama to sign the order. The White House has long said it preferred that Congress pass legislation applying to nearly all employees, but that the bill has languished in the House and there is little sign that lawmakers will take it up in an election year.

The official would not say when Obama planned to sign the order, only that the president had asked his staff to prepare a measure for his signature. The official insisted on anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the president's decision by name.

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