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Pelosi Backs Gay-Rights Bill Despite Concerns

by Matthew Daly
Thursday Jul 10, 2014
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi  (Source:AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says she still supports a Senate-passed bill to outlaw workplace discrimination against gay and transgender people.

Some gay-rights groups have withdrawn their support because it has a broad religious exemption.

The California Democrat says she understands those concerns, but says the Senate bill is the only choice facing Congress now.

Pelosi is a strong supporter of gay rights. She says gay-rights advocates should ask themselves what happens if Congress does not pass an anti-bias bill. She says the groups must decide if that is a good outcome.

President Barack Obama is preparing to issue an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against gay and transgender people in hiring. A White House spokesman declined to say whether it would include a religious exemption.

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