US: Civil rights groups ask Obama not to include a religious exemption in upcoming executive order

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Over 60 civil rights organisations have signed a letter addressed to President Barack Obama today that urges him to not include a religious exemption in his upcoming executive order that bans federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers.

Among the letters notable signers are the NAACP, The Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal, and The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

This letter comes after over one hundred faith leaders signed a similar letter to the president last week urging him to minimise the same religious exemption.

If included, the exemption would allow companies and service agencies with federal contracts, including some big-name corporations that do business with federal government, the ability to fire LGBT people for religious reasons.

The letter states:

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US: Faith-based leaders ask Obama to minimise religious exemption

Faith leaders have sent a letter to President Obama urging him to exclude a religious exemption from his upcoming executive order Share on WhatsApp 6 reader comments

Over one hundred faith leaders have signed a letter addressed to President Barack Obama urging him to minimise a religious exemption in his upcoming executive order, which serves to protect LGBT people from discrimination.

If included, the exemption would allow companies and service agencies with federal contracts, including some big-name corporations that do business with federal government, to fire LGBT people for religious reasons.

Signers of the letter include five seminary presidents, four former members of the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and five members of a presidential taskforce to reform The Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

The letter stated:

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US: Conspiracy theorists actually think Michelle Obama is transgender after Joan Rivers joke

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Conspiracy theorists now actually believe that First Lady Michelle Obama is transgender, after Joan Rivers made a joke.

Rivers said last week: “You know Michelle is a tranny… She’s a transgender, we all know.”

Bucking calls to apologise, Rivers later said: “I think it’s a compliment. She’s so attractive, tall, with a beautiful body, great face, does great makeup… the most gorgeous women are transgender.”

However, conspiracy theorists from website Info Wars have taken Rivers’ comments seriously, and now seem convinced that Michelle Obama is a trans woman.

Alex Jones of Info Wars said: “Joan Rivers talked about it the other day, and now it’s an international news story.

“The question is, ‘Who is Michelle Obama? Is she really a woman? Is she a man? Now, I’m not drawing any conclusions here. but I know this

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US President Barack Obama speaks on the economy at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas, on July 10, 2014. Obama hailed new data showing the US economy churned out 288,000 jobs in June as a sign the long US recovery is gathering momentum. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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