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Labor Sec'y Perez Says an 'ENDA' Executive Order Continues to Be Under Consideration: VIDEO

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In a surprise appearance in front of the White House Press Corps. yesterday, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez was asked by Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade if an executive order protecting LGBT workers from discrimination and gender identity is something his department could implement.

Said Perez:

Well, I can’t get into what-ifs. I’m certainly aware of the executive order that was proposed that you’re talking about. And the President takes a backseat to no one in his commitment for equal access to opportunity for people regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity. And it’s an issue that we continue to contemplate and work on.

Later, White House Press Secretary insisted that the EO was a hypothetical but was corrected by a Reuters reporter in light of Perez's comments that no, it's clearly not a hypothetical.

Carney replied:

I think broadly speaking, the administration looks at all opportunities to advance an agenda that expands opportunity, that levels the playing field, that sustains equal opportunity for all that is part of the President’s vision. That’s as a broad matter. On specific — would the President do this executive action or that executive action, I mean, that list could be endless, and I don’t have any update for you on that kind of proposition.

Watch the exchanges, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. What's stopping him then?

    Issue the damned executive order already.

    Waiting for those useless reprobates in Congress to do anything is pointless. Congress is utterly worthless at the moment. The way the Republic**ts have strangled that House is shameful.

    Posted by: MaryM | Feb 13, 2014 7:47:40 AM


  2. Why is this so hard to accomplish? We know for a fact that rabid anti-gay persons make LGBT peoples' lives hell in real world ways. Implementing this brings us closer to diminishing their hate.

    Speechless here.

    Posted by: Goodlee | Feb 13, 2014 8:42:01 AM


  3. The executive order has a fatal weakness. It will only last until a future president overturns it. President Obama is reluctant to "give congress a pass" to not work on ENDA, and put in place an order that he knows will not be permanent.

    Posted by: jeff | Feb 13, 2014 11:26:51 AM


  4. "Labor Sec'y Perez Says an 'ENDA' Executive Order Continues to Be Under Consideration"

    How on Earth did anyone take that meaning from those remarks? Perez said, "it’s an issue that we continue to contemplate and work on"--"it" being equal access to opportunity. Carney's bottom line regarding an EO was, "I don’t have any update for you on that kind of proposition." This sounds to me like the press trying to wag the dog by putting words in people's mouths.

    Posted by: JJ | Feb 13, 2014 12:47:16 PM


  5. There has NEVER been an Executive Order overturned in the United States since George Washington was elected. It would be political suicide for the GOP party in this country and would further diminish the USA's stature in the eyes of other countries. Would never happen.

    Posted by: Will | Feb 13, 2014 4:38:34 PM


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