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Obama Weighing Executive Order on LGBT Discrimination; Activists Protest Outside the White House: PHOTO

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President Obama is considering more seriously the use executive power to extend protections to LGBT federal workers as lawmakers drag their heels on ENDA, the Washington Post reports:

President Obama is considering a series of new executive actions aimed at working around a recalcitrant Congress, including policies that could allow struggling homeowners to refinance their mortgages, provide new protections for gays and lesbians, make buildings more energy-efficient and toughen regulations for coal-fired power plants, according to people outside the White House involved in discussions on the issues...

...The White House is also reviewing whether the president should issue an executive order offering protections to gays and lesbians who work for government contractors. Obama decided against issuing such an order during the presidential campaign last year, disappointing many gay-rights activists.

But two people familiar with White House thinking said the president may reverse that decision and issue the order if Congress does not pass broader legislation offering protection for gays in the workplace.

Last night, activists from the group GetEQUAL staged a protest outside the White House:

Roughly a dozen members of GetEQUAL and the Maryland Light Brigade held panels with illuminated letters that spelled out “Sign ENDA EO” on the Ellipse and in front of the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue.

“The State of the Union is coming up in two days and our hope would be the president would get the message,” Heather Cronk, managing director of GetEQUAL, told the Washington Blade. “He has the power to take action to end employment discrimination.”

(image via GetEQUAL)

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  1. Wow, a dozen people managed to turn out for a protest? What an age of revolt in which we live.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 11, 2013 9:38:59 AM


  2. nice to see people understand that this sort of protest is pointless -- more about ego

    Posted by: Chuckles | Feb 11, 2013 11:25:40 AM


  3. Actually, such protest is not pointless at all. Indeed, we wouldn't have the civil rights advances in the last two years--including the repeal of DADT--that we did but for GetEqual and efforts like this. History always has cowardly naysayers like Paul R and Chuckles who attack people who have the courage to take a stand and make change. Back during segregation when Blacks would protest individually or in small groups in front of the White House other people (including other Blacks) criticized them as ineffective. Of course, pictures of those brave protestors are in the history books--not of the critics.

    Posted by: James E. Pietrangelo, II | Feb 11, 2013 12:15:31 PM


  4. Actually, such protest is not pointless at all. Indeed, we wouldn't have the civil rights advances in the last two years--including the repeal of DADT--that we did but for GetEqual and efforts like this. History always has cowardly naysayers like Paul R and Chuckles who attack people who have the courage to take a stand and make change. Back during segregation when Blacks would protest individually or in small groups in front of the White House other people (including other Blacks) criticized them as ineffective. Of course, pictures of those brave protestors are in the history books--not of the critics.

    Posted by: James E. Pietrangelo, II | Feb 11, 2013 12:15:37 PM


  5. Actually, such protest is not pointless at all. Indeed, we wouldn't have the civil rights advances in the last two years--including the repeal of DADT--that we did but for GetEqual and efforts like this. History always has cowardly naysayers like Paul R and Chuckles who attack people who have the courage to take a stand and make change. Back during segregation when Blacks would protest individually or in small groups in front of the White House other people (including other Blacks) criticized them as ineffective. Of course, pictures of those brave protestors are in the history books--not of the critics.

    Posted by: James E. Pietrangelo, II | Feb 11, 2013 12:15:50 PM


  6. Actually, such protest is not pointless at all. Indeed, we wouldn't have the civil rights advances in the last two years--including the repeal of DADT--that we did but for GetEqual and efforts like this. History always has cowardly naysayers like Paul R and Chuckles who attack people who have the courage to take a stand and make change. Back during segregation when Blacks would protest individually or in small groups in front of the White House other people (including other Blacks) criticized them as ineffective. Of course, pictures of those brave protestors are in the history books--not of the critics.

    Posted by: James E. Pietrangelo, II | Feb 11, 2013 12:16:04 PM


  7. Actually, such protest is not pointless at all. Indeed, we wouldn't have the civil rights advances in the last two years--including the repeal of DADT--that we did but for GetEqual and efforts like this. History always has cowardly naysayers like Paul R and Chuckles who attack people who have the courage to take a stand and make change. Back during segregation when Blacks would protest individually or in small groups in front of the White House other people (including other Blacks) criticized them as ineffective. Of course, pictures of those brave protestors are in the history books--not of the critics.

    Posted by: James E. Pietrangelo, II | Feb 11, 2013 12:16:08 PM


  8. Actually, such protest is not pointless at all. Indeed, we wouldn't have the civil rights advances in the last two years--including the repeal of DADT--that we did but for GetEqual and efforts like this. History always has cowardly naysayers like Paul R and Chuckles who attack people who have the courage to take a stand and make change. Back during segregation when Blacks would protest individually or in small groups in front of the White House other people (including other Blacks) criticized them as ineffective. Of course, pictures of those brave protestors are in the history books--not of the critics.

    Posted by: James E. Pietrangelo, II | Feb 11, 2013 12:16:12 PM


  9. A ahree actions like this are not pointless. What is pointess is lazy queens who sit back and snipe and do nothing.

    Posted by: Jeff | Feb 11, 2013 12:39:32 PM


  10. Amen. You show me an anti-protest gay man and I'll show you a wimpy boy who's desperate to make excuses for the fact that he's never been man enough to stand up for what is right in the real world.

    "Protestors are attention whores", says every gay man who still lives in cowardly fear of What The Straights Think.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Feb 11, 2013 12:45:14 PM


  11. How can we discuss marriage equality without a conversation about ENDA (The Employment Non-Discrimination Act)? At the very least, eliminating anti-gay discrimination for federal workers is a step that is long overdue. However, it needs to eventually extend to all American workers.

    Posted by: Lelio Risen | Feb 11, 2013 2:54:41 PM


  12. It's great we have made such progress since Obama has been our President but I feel like we should not be having to BEG and BADGER him into helping us. He SAYS he supports us but he only ever does anything for us when we threaten to withold our money from his campaign or we hold demonstrations. We should not be having to do this constantly.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Feb 11, 2013 5:22:44 PM


  13. Pointless? ALL LGBT activism has a point. the biggest criticizers to LGBT avtivism are coward LGBT who do NOTHING to advance equality. Y'all don't get a say on this. You're too busy being lazy.

    Posted by: Mike | Feb 12, 2013 4:41:37 AM


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