2014-06-16T160734Z_1_LYNXMPEA5F0R7_RTROPTP_2_USA-OBAMA

Obama to sign order barring federal discrimination against gays

U.S. President Obama speaks during the commencement ceremony for the University of California, Irvine in AnaheimBy Jeff Mason RANCHO MIRAGE Calif. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will sign an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, a White House official said on Monday, handing another victory to gay rights activists. The White House has been pressing Congress to pass legislation to ban employment discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and has resisted issuing an executive order in favor of pursuing a broader, legislative solution. But Obama has spent the year taking executive action on other domestic priorities where Congress has failed to make legislative headway, and activists have pressed him to do the same on gay rights.

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