Obama Won’t Sign Ban on Gay Discrimination, Upsets LGBT Activists
White House officials announced that President Obama would not sign a measure that would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against gays and transgender people, the Washington Post reported. Obama’s decision has greatly upset the gay community and LGBT activists around the country.
Instead of creating an executive order that would not allow federal contractors to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity, the White House said it would "lead a multi-pronged effort to urge companies, federal agencies and other to oppose discrimination," the article notes.
"While it is not our usual practice to discuss executive orders that may or may not be under consideration, we do not expect that an executive order on LGBT non-discrimination for federal contractors will be issued at this time. We support legislation that has been introduced and we will continue to work with congressional sponsors to build support for it," a senior administration official said.
"We are deeply committed to working hand-in-hand with the LGBT community to enlist support from key stakeholders and other decision-makers, and to continue to engage with and educate the business community and the public more broadly about the importance of employment nondiscrimination and the importance of passing ENDA," the official added.
The order was an important issue for many activists and organizations and in the past few months, gay rights supporters gave the White House ample data that showed it was common for members of the LGBT community to be discriminated against in the workplace.
The New York Times points out that Obama has angered a gay constituency that has been a major source of money for the president’s campaign and Politico reports that the president is under pressure from some gay activists to support marriage equality.