(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta). House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gestures as she speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 10, 2014.
(AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File). FILE - In this July 2, 2014 file photo, members of a conservative group pray outside the Miami courthouse during the court hearing on gay marriage.
(AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File). FILE- In this July 2, 2014 photo file, an unidentified child of a same sex couple sits next to a protest sign during the court hearing on gay marriage in Miami.
By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press
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Some gay-rights groups have withdrawn their support because it has a broad religious exemption.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 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.
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