President Obama to Issue Executive Order Protecting LGBT Employees of Federal Contractors

Blue_obamaPresident Obama plans to sign an executive order protecting LGBT employees of federal contractors from discrimination.

A White House official has told Towleroad that the President has directed his staff to prepare the Order, which would build upon existing protections prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating  on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

The official cites the House's failure to act on ENDA as impetus for the order. Last year the Employment Non-Discrimination Act passed the Senate with bipartisan support but it has languished in the House, faced with Speaker John Boehner who has said there is no way he would bring it to a vote.

In March, 195 Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to Obama urging him to issue the Executive Order.

Said National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey in a statement sent via email:

“This is a major step forward in the struggle for freedom and justice for LGBTQ workers and their families. Now millions of people will have the economic security they need to provide for their families. Through his actions, the President has demonstrated again his commitment to ending discrimination. We thank all the organizations who have worked so hard to make this piece of history. This decision is good for LGBTQ people, good for our economy and good for America. Unfortunately, many of us who don't work for federal contractors will still lack workplace protections. Now we must redouble our efforts for the urgent passage of state employment protections and strong federal legislation.”

Obama is planning a trip to NYC in the coming days for an LGBT fundraiser.

Comments

  1. Randy says

    If he were smart, he would’ve issued this last week in the midst of DC pride week. It would’ve gotten a lot more thing for the buck.

  2. says

    YAY!

    and yes – how oddly silent. I think the trolls are still figuring out how to spin this into a negative…..

    lord knows the gay republican blogs are avoiding this news at all costs.

  3. steve says

    HAPPY but Remember the Republican controlled house Speaker won’t allow ENDA up for a vote in America 2014. That is unacceptable and shameful and all you Republicans should SPEAK UP and change your anti-gay party from the inside!

  4. Mike says

    He always runs to the gays for cover. Let’s see today it’s not even the Associated Press buying that Lois Lerner’s emails are gone and her “computer crashed” with two years worth of them!! This guy makes Richard Nixon look like Honest Abe and every pundit in DC is saying the c

  5. Mike says

    …computer crash with no back up is complete bullsht. Obama needs a squirrel. Hi squirrels!

  6. Terry says

    Thank you, Mr. President. This a good decision. And I called the White House comment line and told the volunteer so.

  7. says

    FOR THOSE WHO DON’T BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF THE gATM: “Monday’s announcement comes one day before the president’s trip to New York for the Democratic National Committee’s annual gay and lesbian FUNDRAISER.” – msnbc. The Administration only stopped defending DOMA as Constitutional after major gay donors closed their wallets. It took a while, but obviously resentment about his inexplicable failure-to-date to keep this promise was having a similar effect.

  8. Josh says

    Pressure on PBO has an effect, but it’s wrong to dismiss the logic of waiting through this legislative session. Taking executive action early would have given Republicans a (stupid) excuse not to act on ENDA. Republicans caved on an inclusive Violence Against Women Act last year, so it wasn’t totally crazy to keep all the pressure on them to take a vote in the House on this, too.

    As it stands now, the Republicans are exposed. Eight months after the Senate passed ENDA, they’ve done nothing.

  9. Ryan says

    About damn time. I don’t understand why this didn’t happen months or years ago.

    Don’t get me wrong — I’m thankful, thank you Mr. President — but an awful lot of advocacy had to happen to get us to this inevitable point that could have been better spent elsewhere.

  10. Robert says

    Oh, now he can do it. Not 6 years ago when it would have made a more important impact, NOW! What’s the matter, ran out of tap dancing shoes for your press secretaries and the gay gnomes that help your magikul cobbler out for pride? Every advancement we’ve made has been dragged kicking and screaming from this man, this administration. You can all lick his balls all you want, I’m keeping my tongue firmly in cheek.

    Hi, fellas, your nominated ‘Troll’ here.

  11. simon says

    It seems that Mr Bedwell thinks Republicans don’t have fundraisers. And other Democrats don’t have it also. Be it one day, one week or one month before the executive order, he can always connect the dots that Obama is a monster.

  12. Larry says

    Nothing this President does is ever good enough to you people. You guys make me sick, I bet if it was Hillary you all would be calling her the best President EVER but instead it’s oh well he should have done it on this day or this day would have been perfect because it was pride oh this is a distraction or just plain crickets. This is a big F*cking deal, it’s great news and yet theres nothing but complaints. This President can’t win with you white gays.

  13. Craig says

    Don’t get too excited yet. They only leaked that an ENDA EO will be issued. They didn’t release the text of the EO and the exemptions will be crucial. If it’s like LBJ’s EO, we’re good, but I fear we may see generous “religious freedom” exemptions. The fact that they are sending this for drafting could indicate that this isn’t a case of sexual orientation and gender identity simply being added to the existing provisions, but rather they are writing a separate order that is not as extensive. I hope that is not the case.

  14. simon says

    Robert:
    If it were six years ago, some genius would immediately accused him of doing it for winning re-election.

  15. simon says

    Of course ENDA has been introduced 9 times in Congress and failed for various reasons. The most recent one is still waiting for a House vote which Boner has already said it won’t happen this year. Probably an EO is the best one can get.

  16. says

    Poor Simon and Crispy, twins attached at their heads….up Obama’s ass. I have never not given him credit when he’s done right. But no one has ever given a credible reason why he has not kept this promise. [And where are those now who said it wouldn’t matter anyway?]

    Simply saying “better late than never” only further encourages him to believe he can do or not do what he wants re LGBTs with impunity. The timing of the announcement the day before the DNC’s biggest fundraiser couldn’t be more transparent. If their bean counting didn’t show his failure to keep the six-year old promise wasn’t negatively affecting fundraising for the midterms the announcement would have been simply saved as the Big Reveal at the White House Pride event June 30th.

    Too soon crispy critter Towleroadies chose to forget than no less than Andy Towle himself was one of those who boycotted the 2009 DNC LGBT fundraiser after the Obama DOJ defended DOMA using language even more homophobic than its authors did to pass it. Hagiography did hunt then, and it doesn’t hunt today.

  17. simon says

    Why not cut and paste again your case against Obama which we can all memorize now?

  18. says

    If he were smart, he would’ve issued this last week in the midst of DC pride week. It would’ve gotten a lot more thing for the buck.

    POSTED BY: RANDY | JUN 16, 2014 1:09:12 PM

    BYE, Who cares that’s all about trying to get the first white Gay Mayor elected in DC Ms Catania. He did it on his time!

    FOR THOSE WHO DON’T BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF THE gATM: “Monday’s announcement comes one day before the president’s trip to New York for the Democratic National Committee’s annual gay and lesbian FUNDRAISER.” – msnbc. The Administration only stopped defending DOMA as Constitutional after major gay donors closed their wallets. It took a while, but obviously resentment about his inexplicable failure-to-date to keep this promise was having a similar effect.

    POSTED BY: MICHAEL BEDWELL | JUN 16, 2014 2:35:56 PM

    And Michael Bedwell he could give you the world. I am just to believe YOU WILL NEVER LIKE THIS MAN! no arguing with folks like you!

  19. says

    I’ve never asked for the world—only for him to keep HIS OWN PROMISES if we voted for him—which I did both times—along with donating money to his campaign. But you’re not alone in confusing this with a Miss America contest. This has nothing to do with liking or disliking him—or any other politician. By their works shall you know them.

  20. ny2.0 says

    Michael Bedwell has a major chip on his shoulder when it comes to Obama, its pretty obvious. When it comes to Bill Clinton slick willie can do no wrong even though he gave us DOMA and DADT which Obama got rid of by the way.

  21. simon says

    He DID NOT keep his promises. Is that important? Now he has fulfilled all your wishes. What more do you want?
    Of course he can’t give you ENDA legislation or marriage equality. It is not within his power. He has done what he can do.

  22. simon says

    Maybe he wants to have more impact and hence more money by announcing his decision so close to the fundraiser. Who doesn’t? Isn’t that the whole purpose of having fundraisers?

  23. says

    Ah, the grim reaper is here, as predicted. He only shows up now on Towleroad to tell us simpletons what Obama has down wrong now (set to issue an executive order protecting LGBT people, how evil!) or to apologize yet again for the poor, misunderstood Clintons.

  24. simon says

    In addition, he is not running for any office. He is probably doing it for his party.