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LGBT Group Pulls ENDA Support After Hobby Lobby Ruling

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Basically, the the current bill could still allow companies to fire gay people by simply citing religious beliefs, according to the group's executive director, Rea Carey.

"If a private company can take its own religious beliefs and say you can’t have access to certain health-care, it’s a hop, skip and a jump to an interpretation that a private company could have religious beliefs that LGBT people are not equal or somehow go against their beliefs and therefore fire them," Carey told the Post. "We disagree with that trend. The implications ofHobby Lobby are becoming clear."

The Senate passed ENDA last November, but the bill stalled in the House, as Republicans didn't believe the religious exemption was broad enough.

Carey told the Post that the Task Force will also push President Obama not to include a broad religious exemption in his executive order to ban discrimination against LGBT people by federal contractors.