Executive Order , signed by U. President Barack Obama on July 21, , amended two earlier executive orders to extend protection against discrimination in hiring and employment to additional classes. It prohibited discrimination in the civilian federal workforce on the basis of gender identity and in hiring by federal contractors on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity. This executive order amended President Richard Nixon 's Executive Order , which originally prohibited discrimination in the competitive service of the federal civilian workforce on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, and age. It had been amended in by President Bill Clinton 's Executive Order to include sexual orientation.
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That memorandum, for the first time, directed executive departments and agencies agencies engaged abroad to ensure that United States diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons everywhere. This memorandum builds upon that historic legacy and updates the memorandum. The United States belongs at the forefront of this struggle — speaking out and standing strong for our most dearly held values. Specifically, I direct the following actions, consistent with applicable law:. Section 1. Rescinding Inconsistent Policies and Reporting on Progress. Within days of the date of this memorandum or as soon as possible thereafter, all agencies engaged abroad shall review and, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, take steps to rescind any directives, orders, regulations, policies, or guidance inconsistent with this memorandum, including those issued from January 20, , to January 20, , to the extent that they are inconsistent with this memorandum.
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Obama's action comes on the heels of the U. Supreme Court's recent ruling in the Hobby Lobby case that allowed some religiously oriented businesses to opt out of the federal health care law's requirement that contraception coverage be provided to workers at no extra charge. Senior administration officials said Friday that ruling has no impact on non-discrimination policies in federal hiring and contracting.