Obama’s newest executive order protects LGBT workers with no exemptions for religious groups


“So impeach me.” That variation on Barack Obama’s recent “So sue me” comment seems implicit in his latest act of defiance of both the Constitution and the U.S. Supreme Court. Today, notes the Associated Press via CNS News, Obama plans to sign executive orders that expressly prohibit discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies without granting an exemption requested by some religious organizations.

Obama’s action comes on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the Hobby Lobby case that allowed some religiously oriented businesses to opt out of the federal health care law’s requirement that contraception coverage be provided to workers at no extra charge. Senior administration officials said Friday that ruling has no impact on non-discrimination policies in federal hiring and contracting.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the plans publicly.

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