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Obama's LGBT Hiring Executive Order Will Not Include Religious Exemption

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The order does, however, maintain an executive order by President George W. Bush that allows religious employers to prioritize hiring members of their religion, according to the official.

Obama pledged to issue the order earlier this year after the House failed to take up the Senate-passed Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would prohibit hiring discrimination against LGBT people more broadly.

Following the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, several religious leaders, including a member of Obama's 2012 campaign, wrote to the president asking that he include a broad religious exemption in his forthcoming order.