On Monday, President Obama signed an executive order that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating based on gender identity or sexual orientation. The White House touted the order as a step toward equality.
Obama ignored pleas to include a religious exemption for faith-based groups in his order, re-igniting the gay rights versus religious freedom debate once again.
News that Obama was working on just such an executive order broke last month and it had a great deal of support — provided it had language giving religious groups a pass.
Utah Senator Orrin Hatch said he would support such an order as long as the exemption was included.
The Salt Lake Tribune quotes Hatch saying: "In seeking to curtail unjust discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, we must ensure that legal protections do not trample upon basic religious liberties."
So why did that language not make it into the order? There are a couple theories on that.
To find out more about the differing theories, watch this Newsy video.