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Watch: White House Press Sec'y Won't Speculate on Executive Order Barring Discrimination Against LGBT People


White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked yesterday by the Washington Blade's Chris Johnson whether the President would be open to barring the federal government from doing business with companies that discriminate against LGBT people via executive order should the Employment Non-Discrimination Act not succeed legislatively.

Carney wouldn't say:

"I don’t want to speculate about what action he may or may not take. His position is known. And again, he does not shy away from obstacles when he approaches an issue that’s important to him. But I don’t have a — I’m not going to speculate about what measure he might take."

Carney was also asked whether he saw any legal impediment to the President taking such an action, and also about explicit anti-discrimination protections for LGBT service members, something we touched on here back in February.


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  1. Nearly FOUR DOZEN groups are now part of multiple friend of the court filings against Obama saying: STOP BLOCKING THE RULING IN THE LCR DADT CASE AND LIFT THE BAN NOW!!!! Wait for it...drum roll—EVEN HRC! Drum Roll 2—even his own denomination, the great United Church of Christ. Let the Obamaroaches, particularly who live under JoeMyGod's rock, try to say THEY're just trying to embarrass him—the disingenuous rap against LCR who 1. filed the suit originally against Bush fils, and, 2. I agree with about nothing else.

    Posted by: | Apr 5, 2011 10:56:57 AM

  2. There's no upside for O to take any action on gay issues. Even if he does absolutely nothing for us, the gay and lesbian community will campaign tirelessly for his second term.

    Posted by: Rik | Apr 5, 2011 3:27:16 PM

  3. Can NOTHING be done to stop political people in the United States using the expression "unamerican"? Frankly "unamerican" sounds quite good to me.

    Posted by: Arthur. | Apr 6, 2011 5:58:17 AM

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