In an act of frustration, 195 lawmakers, (47 senators and 148 House members) sent a letter to President Obama calling on him to sign an executive order baring any federal contractor from discrimination against LGBT workers.
The letter reads:
We are writing to urge you to fulfill the promise in your State of the Union address to make this a “year of action” and build upon the momentum of 2013 by signing an executive order banning federal contractors from engaging in employment discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans. As you have said before, “now is the time to end this kind of discrimination, not enable it.”
President Obama celebrates passage of ENDA in Senate, “Now is the time to end this kind of discrimination”
“For more than two centuries, the story of our nation has been the story of more citizens
realizing the rights and freedoms that are our birthright as Americans. Today, a bipartisan majority in the Senate took another important step in this journey by passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would help end the injustice of our fellow Americans being denied a job or fired just because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Just as no one in the United States can lose their job simply because of their race, gender, religion or a disability, no one should ever lose their job simply because of who they are or who they love.
Today’s victory is a tribute to all those who fought for this progress ever since a similar bill was introduced after the Stonewall riots more than three decades ago. In particular, I thank Majority Leader Reid, Chairman Harkin, Senators Merkley and Collins for their leadership, and Senator Kirk for speaking so eloquently in support of this legislation. Now it’s up to the House of Representatives. This bill has the overwhelming support of the American people, including a majority of Republican voters, as well as many corporations, small businesses and faith communities. They recognize that our country will be more just and more prosperous when we harness the God-given talents of every individual.
Today the Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, all Democratic Senators who were there voted “yes”, and event a few members of the GOP made the responsible choice and voted “yes” as well! Giving credit where credit is due, here are those who did so:
Now if we can just get a straight up or down vote in the House, we can get this thing passed.
Last night President Obama published a piece in the Huffington Post urging Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. While it looks like we’ll have enough votes for ENDA to pass the Senate vote today, the vote later in the house looks dubious. Below is a large portion of what the President wrote. Take note, House Republicans.
“[...]That’s why, for instance, Americans can’t be fired from their jobs just because of the color of their skin or for being Christian or Jewish or a woman or an individual with a disability. That kind of discrimination has no place in our nation. And yet, right now, in 2013, in many states a person can be fired simply for being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
As a result, millions of LGBT Americans go to work every day fearing that, without any warning, they could lose their jobs — not because of anything they’ve done, but simply because of who they are.
First there’s a super cute introduction by some twin daughters of a lesbian couple. Then President Obama talks about the accomplishments in equality the administration has passed so far, including protections for LGBT victims in the Violence Against Women Act, hospitals accepting Medicare/Medicaid must treat LGBT patients the same, and ends by urging Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
“If all men are created equal then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”
I got this press release from Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, who work tirelessly to end employment discrimination for the LGBT community. Not everyone in the LGBT community may want to get married, but most of us are employed!
As ENDA is Reintroduced, LGBT Executives Gather to Plan Big Moves for Workplace Equality
April 25, 2013 | San Francisco - The sixth annual Out & Equal Executive Forum convened over 30 high-ranking and emerging lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) leaders to share best practices for advancing LGBT workplace equality. Over the course of the two-day symposium, held April 24 & 25 at the Four Seasons in San Francisco, participants focused on building their strengths as executives in some of the world’s largest corporations and furthering their skills as LGBT leaders.