Nancy Pelosi Backs Gay-Rights Bill Outlawing Workplace Discrimination Against Gay, Transgender People

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    This May 9, 2014 file photo shows House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

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    Some gay-rights groups have withdrawn their support because it has a broad religious exemption.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