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President Barack Obama is set to sign an executive order that will ban federal discrimination against gays.
"Following on his pledge for this year to be a year of action to expand opportunity for all Americans, the president has directed his staff to prepare for his signature an Executive Order that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity," a White House official said.
According to NBC News, the move is a big one since almost a quarter of the workforce in the United States work for federal contractors.
Up until now, Obama has tried to get Congress to pass a bill that would do the same thing, but no progress has been made, forcing his hand, Reuters reports. The House has made little movement on the Senate-passed Employment Non-Discrimination Act,
"The president will not only create fairer workplaces across the country, he will demonstrate to Congress that adopting federal employment protections for LGBT people is good policy and good for business," Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin said.
The news comes shortly before the president is set to fly up to New York for the yearly gay and lesbian fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee.
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