President Barack Obama wants to see the long-stalled Employment Non-Discrimination Act enacted but he remains unwilling to go around congress and sign it into law by Executive Order.
Obama, appearing with Vice President Joe Biden at the LGBT Pride Month Reception at The White House Thursday (13 June), said of ENDA: ‘We need to get that passed. I want to sign that bill, we need to get it done now.’
He added: ‘I think we can make that happen because after the last four-and-a-half years, you can’t tell me things can’t happen.’
ENDA has been introduced in all but one Congress since 1994. It would prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity by civilian, nonreligious employers with at least 15 employees.
‘In 34 states, you can be fired just because of who you are and who you love,’ Obama said. ‘That’s wrong and we’ve got to change that.’
Obama also spoke of what he sees as a change in the country in regards to LGBT people in the US: ‘It’s clear that we’re reaching a turning point. We’ve become not just more accepting, we’ve become more loving as a country. Hearts and minds change with time.’
‘Laws do too.’