Obama disappoints gay leaders on workplace discrimination

US President will not be signing executive order banning discrimination against LGBT people

Obama disappoints gay leaders on workplace discrimination
12 April 2012

President Barack Obama does not plan to sign an executive order barring workplace discrimination against LGBT people in the near future.

Several LGBT leaders, who have been pushing hard for the executive order, were part of a high-level meeting at The White House this week and came away disappointed to not have a commitment from Obama on the issue.

'We are extremely disappointed with this decision and will continue to advocate for an executive order from the president,' said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese in a statement. 'The unfortunate truth is that hard-working Americans can be fired simply for being gay or transgender. Given the number of employees that would be covered by this executive order, it represents a critical step forward.'

'We will continue to engage with the Administration to ensure that the case is made even stronger for workplace protections,' he added.

White House spokesman Shin Inouye said Obama remains dedicated to   securing equal rights for LGBT Americans.

'That is why he has long supported an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would prohibit employers across the country from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity,' Inouye said. 'The President is committed to lasting and comprehensive change and therefore our goal is passage of ENDA, which is a legislative solution to LGBT employment discrimination — just as the President pressed for legislative repeal of DADT.'

ENDA has not had success getting passed by the Congress which is why the LGBT leaders are pushing for an executive order.



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