President Obama’s executive order prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by businesses with federal contracts goes into effect today, effectively extending protection to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

In marking the occasion, Labor Secretary Tom Perez noted on his blog that the implementation of the order “will mean a more dynamic and inclusive workforce that captures the talents of more of our people…. America is strongest when it fields a full team.”

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