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Obama Promised Implementation of Federal Contractor LGBT Non-Discrimination Policy in 2008


There's been a lot of discussion lately about whether Obama will issue an executive order protecting federal contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity since efforts over the past four years to pass such a measure (ENDA) have failed legislatively.

ObamaThe White House has remained silent on the issue when asked by reporters.

MetroWeekly's Chris Geidner did some digging and found a 2008 survey on which then-Sen. Barack Obama indicated to the Houston GLBT Political Caucus that he would support such a policy as president.

Obama's response – according to the survey, a copy of which was provided exclusively to Metro Weekly on condition of anonymity – was one word: "Yes."

Obama, in responding to the group's 2008 presidential candidate questionnaire, also stated that his campaign had a "written non-discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation and gender identity." He added that "[a]n Obama White House will implement a similar non-discrimination policy." In it, Obama states that he supported such a policy for all federal employees and, in a separate question, for all federal contractors.

MetroWeekly was promised an on-the-record response by noon yesterday on the 2008 questionnaire but has not, so far, provided one.

A copy of the questionnaire, AFTER THE JUMP...

In related news, more than 105,000 people have signed a petition asking Obama to sign such an order. If he did so, more than 16 million workers would be protected against LGBT discrimination.


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  1. I think that people should read more and listen more to non left leaning news organizations. Things are scarier than you realize.

    If Obama signed this it will be repealed bu Romney when he wins the presidency. Doubt this not. There is a strong Republican Congress and we're going to have a Republican president because they have painted Obama as a leftist and uber liberal and now the middle is scared and feel Romney is a middle of the road candidate.

    Times are changing...and not for the better.

    Posted by: Rin | Mar 9, 2012 9:00:48 AM

  2. Cheer up Rin, things could get worse. The GOP is currently fighting to see who will be beaten by President Obama in a landslide. The times are changing, for the better. The GOP has successfully divided itself into three distinct and opposing parts (the 1%, the religious right wing and the libertarian) none will support the other two. That is not a road to their victory. It is a road to their irrelevance in the 21st century. In the second Obama term, unfinished work will be done unimpeded by a filibuster in the Senate and lead by a new Speaker of the House Pelosi.

    Posted by: Dave | Mar 9, 2012 9:14:09 AM

  3. He'll do it if he's behind in the polls and needs votes. Otherwise there isn't much chance of it. After all, God's in the mix.

    Posted by: jomicur | Mar 9, 2012 9:21:18 AM

  4. The O doesn't have to issue an EO , he knows LGBT folks will vote Democrat no matter what. After all, what could we do? Vote Republican??? Bwahhahahahahaha

    Posted by: Wes | Mar 9, 2012 9:59:12 AM

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