Obama Won’t Allow Religious Exemption for LGBT Discrimination

According to the Huffington Post, President Obama will sign an executive order on Monday barring federal contractors from engaging in employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The decision comes after pressure from religious, civil rights, and LGBT advocates that the president not yield to demands of religious conservatives to include the exemption. (Link to my prior posts)
The president reportedly will not, however, rescind a Bush-era executive order permitting religiously affiliated contractors to make employment decisions based on religion, as urged in a letter earlier this week.
As I discussed with Columbia Law School’s Kara Loewentheil on bloggingheads, even though the executive order will not include the exemption, there will still be a gray area with the Bush era executive order still in place, as well as a Bush-era Justice Department memo that permits hiring discrimination by religiously affiliated contractors.

Sarah Posner, author of God’s Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters, covers politics and religion. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Atlantic, The American ProspectThe NationSalon, and other publications. Follow her on TwitterRSS feed Email

  • Eric

    So, am I wrong, or do the two executive orders contradict each other? Doesn’t the Bush EO allow religiously affiliated contractors to discriminate against LGBT applicants and employees?

  • Jim Reed

    What these orders actually do might be less important than that they provide an opportunity for religious people to fight each other. By siding as he did, Obama invites the wrath of conservative Christians even if the order doesn’t accomplish much. They just want a reason to be angry, and now the other religious group has been boxed in where they have to oppose the conservatives on this issue. This seems like real progress even if the orders don’t really matter.

  • Frank2918

    Welcome to the White House GOP candidate! You will get a lot done with the GOP controlled senate!

  • Jim Reed

    It that happens, they know their time is limited, so they would use it to get as rich as possible as fast as possible. What about the rest of the people? We know what it is like to have those at the top trickle on us.

  • https://www.facebook.com/etseq97 etseq

    I guess Michael Wear realizes now he doesn’t have anywhere close to the amount of influence he thought he did. Good riddance to homophobic trash in my opinion…

  • fiona64

    Dubya’s attempts to circumvent the 1st Amendment need to be eliminated sooner rather than later.

  • Christopher

    Trickle. That’s funny. Their trickle is always yellow from what I have seen. And both parties are owned by the rich. No REAL difference. Just minor to button issues to make the masses believe there is a difference while both parties tighten the chains and increase the trickle.

  • Christopher

    Isn’t it wonderful?!What I love is that the Hobby Lobby ruling is exposing the Religion of Positive Rights as the religion of Socialism that they really are.

    Listen to what Kara Loewentheil (Columbia Law School) says about the religion of positive rights starting at about the 33:00 point in the interview. Fascinating.

    http://bloggingheads.tv/videos/30143#comment-1494138986

    http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/liberty-positive-negative/

    I do pray they keep talking about it. It makes my RFRA case so much easier to defend.