Obama to sign order extending LGBT protections

Federal contractors banned from discriminating on basis of sexual orientation
Associated Press
Jun 16, 2014

After years of pressure from gay rights groups, President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity, the White House said Monday.

While Obama lacks the authority to extend that protection to all Americans, the order being drafted by the White House would impact about 14 million workers whose employers or states currently do not ban workplace discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals. The scope of the measure was tabulated by the Williams Institute at UCLA Law School, which studies sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy.

The president has resisted signing the order in hopes Congress would pass a broader non-discrimination measure that would apply to nearly all employers. While the Senate passed the legislation last year, the measure has languished in the Republican-led House and there is little sign that lawmakers will take it up in an election year.

"We've been waiting for quite a few months now for the House to take action and unfortunately there are no particularly strong indications that Congress is prepared to act on this," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

The White House's announcement was a significant victory for gay rights advocates, who widely praised Obama's decision.

"By issuing an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT people, the president will not only create fairer workplaces across the country, he will demonstrate to Congress that adopting federal employment protections for LGBT people is good policy and good for business," said Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign.

Officials would not say when Obama would sign the order or why the administration was taking the unusual step of previewing his plans for issuing such a measure.

The announcement comes a day before Obama attends the Democratic National Committee's annual gay and lesbian fundraiser in New York. While the president has widespread political support among the LGBT community, advocates have become increasingly irritated with the president's reluctance to move forward with the order.

Their frustration mounted earlier this year when Obama responded to gridlock on Capitol Hill by touting plans to take executive actions on issues that Congress would not act on. That included signing executive orders that raise the minimum wage for federal contractors and expanding the number of contractors who would be eligible for overtime pay.

White House officials never explained why Obama moved quickly on the wage-related executive orders but delayed taking action on the anti-discrimination provision.

Obama's decision could energize progressive voters in a midterm election year where Republicans are seeking to retake control of the Senate. The DNC and several Democratic lawmakers highlighted the president's announcement Monday and used it to try to draw a distinction with Republicans.

Republicans were largely silent on the decision, though Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch called on the White House to include the same religious exemptions in the order that are included in the legislation the Senate passed last year. The bill includes exemptions for churches and other houses or worship, as well as religiously affiliated organizations.

While the White House did not release the specific language of the order Obama will sign, advocates expect it to be in line with measures signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson that banned federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of race, religion, and national origin. It's unclear whether Obama's order will include religious exemptions.

The American public has increasingly grown supportive of extending gay rights. Courts have also increasingly come down in favor of same-sex marriage, with more than a dozen federal and state judges striking down part of all of state-level bans over the past seven months. No rulings have gone the other way.

Still, advocates say there remains gaping inequality on the issue of workplace discrimination. According to the Human Rights Campaign, it is legal in 29 states to fire or refuse employment to a person based on sexual orientation. Thirty-two states also lack explicit laws banning discrimination based on gender identity.

 

Comments

mikeylikesit

for his chicago bath house "buddies"..

JMOP

Funny how he just came back from staying with his gay buddies in California. Someone keeps putting money in his pockets.

goofus

I wonder does our first gay president still misses and pines for his Reggie Love

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2cents

I wish I had a special laser that would solidify all the ink in his friggin pen until he is out of office. No offense to these people but he signs anything that drops in front of him.

YoMamma

Homo you don't!

Wjones44

This explains the workout video.

OneLocalVoice

He keeps side-stepping Congress and the Constitutional way our forefathers established for making laws by signing executive orders. When will Congress impeach him and try him for treason and dereliction of duty. Trust me, he will sign an executive order to increase the number of terms a person can be president.

jazzbo

OneLocalVoice-

So , homosexuals shouldn't have any of the Constitutional rights that our forefathers established ?

" Trust me, he will sign an executive order to increase the number of terms a person can be president."
-- I don't trust you and I'll bet he doesn't.

Donegan

The LGBT rights are already covered under the 14th amendment. We just need this idiot to do his one and only job, Enforce the constitution. (Then again he himself would be held for treason if he did)

The Answer Person

You need to get out of Sandusky once in while to learn that your fantasy of "equal" rights are in this country are just that, a fantasy.

Donegan

Its the law of the land. Maybe if people would take their government to task for not enforcing it instead of dividing the citizens for gain that "Utopia" might be a little closer.
The facts are everyone IS equal under the constitution. Those rights are guaranteed already. Some politician grandstanding wanting to tout executive orders and such does nothing because it is already done. A pointless gesture to make the gullible want to elect the same party as the president forgetting his party is the one that created the mess by signing DOMA.
Ever see the libertarian platform on LGBT rights? It is not out in the media a lot because it outs what the other two parties are, Hypocrites.

freethinker1

OneLocal: Obama has used Executive Orders less than any other recent President? Betcha they haven't mentioned that interesting fact on Fox News, since they don't usually let facts get in the way of their one-sided rhetoric...

JMOP

What were the words that came out of Obama's own mouth about executive orders? In case you forgot:
"I take the Constitution very seriously," he said. "The biggest problems that we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m president of the United States of America."

Reverse? He signs an executive order on the average of two-three a month. How is that reversed?

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The Hero Zone

Quantity of order now equates to quality of order? So if Stalin only ordered for gulags to be built and filled once it would be ok than someone else who sends out multiple, non-murderous orders? It was only once, after all. Who can blame him? I'm not calling our President's orders lethal, however the example still stands.

If you would like to see every Executive Order our apparent evil-genius former President signed, go here: http://georgewbush-whitehouse.ar...

If you'd like to gander at our current apparent evil-genius current President's orders, go here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefi...

Dr. Information

Obama just does what he wants to. What constitution?

freespeech1

How about enforcing our immigration laws! How about you find those missing IRS emails! How about you admit you lied about Benghazi! How about Fast and Furious! How about NSA! Trading terrorists! Why did you lie about obamacare! Better yet just resign NOW! Worthless a$$ so called community organizer wanna be leader. How anyone can defend this pathetic man is beyond me. Shows the stupidity of our nation.

Darwin's choice

^^^This^^^

Contango

Re: "Better yet just resign NOW!"

Biden for Pres - 2014. :)

freespeech1

At this juncture Biden would be better, at least we can blame everything he does on the fact hes just an idiot, and nobody really pays attention to anything he says. Hes the Eddie Haskell of the obummer admin.

thinkagain

Those that support this sin and perversion are without faith or morals. They are leading astray our children by their evil example, teaching to sin and desensitizing our children to their God given conscience.

If you claim you are a “christian”, but you are living a homosexual lifestyle, I say your “god” is merely a dead, amoral, apostate, pseudo-Christian excuse, in an attempt to justify your unbelief and sin.

The Word of God plainly condemns all forms of homosexual sex. Romans chapter one gives a detailed explanation of the road which leads to homosexuality, and of the eminent judgment of God upon them. Not what homosexuals and the apostate “church” re-interpret it to say.

Unlike those who pretend to care about homosexuals by accepting this perverted lifestyle, in spite of God’s clear teachings against it, true Christians who speak the truth about homosexuality, do so with the homosexual’s best interest at heart. Not only for in this life, but for the life to come.

Silent Christians don't draw more people to Christ; rather, they allow the Devil free reign.

WeThePeople1965

Worry about your own sin. At this point, I would think that when you die, you're going to have a rude awakening either way-- you're either going to find out there is no god or afterlife or you're going to find out god doesn't like religious bigots who do his job.

Kottage Kat

^^^^^ well said ^^^^^^
To Think again.

WeThePeople1965

Who?

WeThePeople1965

Who?

Contango

Prediction:

Eventually, the totalitarian-authoritarian progressives will use the tax code in order to attempt to force churches to perform gay weddings by denying them a not-for-profit status, much like they are currently using Obama☭are to force the payment of birth control on certain employers.

FORWARD SOVIET!

thinkagain

Indeed! The homosexual rights movement is supported by far-left atheists, Marxists and homosexuals who are using the movement as a Trojan horse to subvert the First Amendment of the Constitution, which protects the rights of religious people to follow the dictates of their religion and was written specifically to protect the Christian religion.

Forward Totalarianism!

WeThePeople1965

Creating laws based off of religion is violating the first amendment. They're not forcing you to marry someone of the same gender. If we were in a totalitarian government, we would have one religion, and those who violate that religions law would bite the dust. You see that's not happening. Let's protect the interests of one religion, shall we, instead of following the constitution. Then cry foul when the land of the free becomes even more free.

Nemesis

This move by Obama IS creating law based off of religion. The proposition that homosexual behavior is morally OK is no less a religious tenet than the proposition that it's a sin.

Most totalitarian regimes whose dissidents "bit the dust" in the last 100 years were atheist regimes.