Obama Order Protects LGBT Employees

President Barack Obama signed an executive order today that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against employees or job applicants based on sexual preference or gender identity. The president also used the occasion to urge Congress to extend the same protections to all employees by passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Of note, the Memphis Business Journal reports that the order does not include the same religious exemption for employers that is included in the legislation. Several gay rights groups recently withdrew their longstanding support for ENDA over fear that the bill’s language might allow private companies to use the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby case as justification for discriminating. The Washington Post has more on that story.