Pelosi backs gay-rights bill despite concerns

Jul 10, 2014 12:18 PM by News Staff

WASHINGTON (AP) - 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Some gay-rights groups have withdrawn their support because it has a broad religious exemption.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 the concerns of gay-rights groups. But she 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 considering whether to issue an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against gay and transgender people in hiring.

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