Today President Obama will sign an Executive Order banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity by federal contractors. The Order will protect lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals, commonly referred to collectively as LGBT.
The Order will not include a religious based exception other than one already in place for religious organizations. This is apparently a response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Hobby Lobby, which held that closely held companies cannot be required to provide “contraception coverage” if they object to doing so on religious grounds.
If you are doing business with the federal government make sure you check out this Executive Order and if it applies to your business, comply with it in all respects.