On July 21, 2014, President Obama further amended Executive Order 11478 regarding Equal Employment Opportunity in the Federal Government by including the ban of sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination by federal contractors. The President resisted calls to carve out any exceptions for religion-affiliated employers; however, such employers may seek to challenge that. In any case, for now, the amendments add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of classes of employees protected from discrimination by federal contractors. Long terms impacts of this remain to be seen.
The amendments can be found at the following White House web link: