White House: Obama to sign order banning anti-gay discrimination*-*Los Angeles Times
White House: Obama to sign order banning anti-gay discrimination
Pesident Obama plans to sign an order banning discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees by companies that do business with the federal government, a long-sought goal of gay rights organizations.After months of calling on Congress to pass a strong anti-discrimination law, Obama told his staff to come up with an executive order banning discrimination by federal contractors, a White House official said Monday.The measure will prohibit those firms from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The move would implement on a limited scale what the White House would like to see Congress pass into law for everyone to follow.“This is consistent with the president’s views that all Americans, LGBT or not, should be treated with dignity and respect,” the official said.Although several states have laws that ban discrimination against gays in the workplace, many do not. In those states, an employer can legally fire, demote or otherwise discriminate against a worker solely on grounds of sexual orientation.
Gay rights advocate say the executive order could provide employment protections for about 11 million workers who have none.The order comes after years in which the president has called on Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and thereby make it unlawful for any employer to fire or censure a worker based on sexual orientation.The measure has been approved by the Democratic-led Senate but hasn’t advanced in the Republican-controlled House. The president has held back on taking executive action despite repeated calls from activists to move ahead with the executive order, a lack of action that had frustrated some supporters.
Obama to sign order barring federal discrimination against gays - chicagotribune.com
another step towards equal rights for sexual orientations!
Its a shame this bill simply didnt pass or even come to a vote in the house. How pathetic is politics when they cling to BS imaginary party lines instead of simply doing whats right for the people and protecting and granting equal rights and fighting against discrimination. Its simply hypocritical and ignorant.