In the month since the President announced that he would sign an executive order barring discrimination by federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, a debate has brewed about whether this order should have a religious exemption. While several religious leaders have urged the president to allow religious contractors to continue to discriminate – many others have spoken out on the other side. Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism and a long-time legal scholar and activist, joins us to discuss why its important that religious communities speak out against this religious exemption. Update: the White House has announced that President Obama will sign the executive order on Monday (July 21) with no additional “religious exemptions.”

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