Obama to sign order extending protections to gays

Obama to sign order extending protections to gays

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ARLINGTON, VA - SEPTEMBER 11: 11: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a ceremony in observance of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey listen at the Pentagon September 11, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. Family members of the Pentagon attack victims and survivors of the attack gathered to hear from Obama and other leaders at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial near the place where terrorists drove a jetliner into the Department of Defense headquarters in 2001. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Posted on June 16, 2014 at 11:06 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - 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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