Obama kiss

With the stroke of a pen yesterday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order beefing up "sexual orientation" employee protections that already exist within the federal government.

The new executive order gives protections to gays, bisexuals, and transsexual employees of federal contractors. The executive order does not include religious exemptions -- meaning Catholic, Jewish and Muslim organizations that do business with the federal government cannot fire employees whose sexual preferences conflict with the organizations' religious morals or beliefs.

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Crystal Jackson and Larry Cosby

Homicide investigators believe a Houston man held in connection with the murders of a lesbian couple did not approve of his daughter's lifestyle.

Larry Crosby, Jr., 46, is charged with 2 counts of tampering with evidence in the murders of his daughter, Britney Cosby, and her girlfriend, Crystal Jackson, both 24.

A beer deliveryman discovered the womens' bodies next to a dumpster behind the Fisherman's Cove Food Mart in the 700 block of Highway 87 in Port Bolivar, Texas on Friday, March 7. The bodies were dumped between the garbage bin and an abandoned, boarded up building.

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Crystal Jackson and Britney Cosby

The father of one of the two Houston women found dead next to a dumpster last week has been arrested and charged with 2 counts of tampering with evidence.

James Cosby, 45, father of 24-year-old Britney Cosby (above right), was taken into custody Thursday. The bodies of Britney and her girlfriend, Crystal Jackson, 24, were found next to a dumpster behind a convenience store in Port Bolivar, Texas last Friday morning.

The murders occurred in Cosby's home, ABC13 in Houston reports.

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Crystal Jackson and Britney Cosby

Authorities are investigating the deaths of a lesbian couple whose bodies were found next to a dumpster in Port Bolivar, Texas.

Family and friends of Crystal Jackson, 24, and her girlfriend 24-year-old Britney Cosby hope police are close to solving the murders.

Jackson, left, and Cosby had been together for 2 years.

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