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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the White House in Washington, July 21, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Obama signs order barring federal discrimination against gays

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Monday barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The order did not include new exemptions for religious organizations, a move that was welcomed by gay rights activists.

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