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Add To The List Of LGBT Goals For President Obama

ObamapinWhile appointing an LGBT person to the Cabinet or as an ambassador to a G-20 nation would be nice, Joe Sudbay and Paul Yandura have laid out a few other, more pressing goals for President Obama's second term, including an executive decision on workplace discrimination.

Via their piece at Huffington Post:

1. By the end of this year, President Obama needs to sign the executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity. This executive order has been awaiting his signature for over two years now. He could do it this week, and it would be a historic first step toward federal employment protections. We can no longer wait for employment protections that the president promised us and should have put into place on his first day on the job four years ago.

2. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) needs to make good on his promise to bring up an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) for a vote early in 2013. We deserve a Senate vote on ENDA, having not seen concrete progress since Democrats took control over six years ago. We want a floor vote. If Republicans want to filibuster it, let them. We want them on record. The American people are with us. When we push the GOP to show their bigotry, they lose.

3. Same-sex couples should not be forgotten or excluded when immigration reform finally gets debated and passed. And don't tell us that you will come back later for us, or that we need to be in a separate bill that can be appended later. We have been there and done that.

Sudbay and Yandura are also asking readers for suggestions on how President Obama can address persistent LGBT discrimination during his second term, so offer yours in the comments section.

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  1. As someone who has been on both the anti-gay AND pro-gay sides at different points in her life I'd like to offer an opinion on this issue. I've also heard about the studies that those who are most anti-gay get most arroused when viewing gay porn. But I'm not sure this suggests that they have same-sex attractions. It may be more a questions of their psyches playing a trick on them. The anti-gay movement is divided between those who have an extremely anti-gay environment around them (hard-core religious people, especially those who work for religious organizations) and those who view the issue of gay rights philosophically and take a more Burken stance that doesn't lead to apocalyptic fears about the future. People in the first group are so focused on sin in general that they may be exacerbating in themselves the natural human desire to "taste a bit of the forbidden." My guess is that once gay rights is a done deal and there is far less opposition to it, those who opposed it would test differently. Human emotions are complex. Of course there are some anti-gay activists who truly ARE closeted. But somehow I think the most logical thing for them to do would be to ignore the issue of gay rights completely, or be as quiet as possible in their anti-gay efforts so as not to draw attention to themselves. Especially with all this talk of "gaydar."

    Just a thought.

    Posted by: Mary | Nov 15, 2012 4:04:09 PM

  2. Obama, Congress, and the courts can complete LGBT integration in the military by repealing or gutting DOMA and by addressing trans equality.

    Posted by: BABH | Nov 15, 2012 5:06:25 PM

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    Posted by: Lazlo | Nov 16, 2012 12:33:43 AM

  4. The writer of this article and those who commented on topic forget just one detail. This worthless idiot Obama will be impeached. And even if he escapes, you guys are dreaming if you think he is going to do anything else for the gay community. He had to be shamed and embarrassed to get 'Don't Ask Don't Tell" done ~ that was his token response to hold onto the gay voting block. Good luck chasing this world class fraud and loser.

    Posted by: Johnny | Nov 16, 2012 2:59:10 AM

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