Just months after the passage of sweeping, statewide nondiscrimination statute protecting transgender people, Maryland announces that trans state employees will no longer face discrimination…
Christian faith-based organizations couldn’t wait to denounce President Barack Obama’s new executive orders that ban discrimination of LGBT people by federal contractors.
President Obama plans to amend two existing executive orders to outlaw anti-LGBT employment discrimination by federal contractors and protect transgender civilian federal employees.
After calling out the remaining House Democrats who haven’t cosponsored ENDA, Freedom to Work is now setting its sights on five House Republicans — including a former vice-presidential candidate.
Efforts to keep up the fight for ENDA have been planned to last all year. Some say it would be detrimental to suddenly halt it over religious exemptions.
In the intensifying debate over religious liberty, President Barack Obama faces pressure from opposite flanks as he prepares to issue an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against gay and transgender people in hiring.
The ACLU is one of a handful of organizations that say they will also drop support for the current version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Several of these lawmakers have already cast pro-LGBT votes in Congress. So why are they dragging their feet in supporting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act?
A letter from religious leaders does not endorse Obama’s executive order as the best way to fight discrimination.
Such is HRC’s apparent disdain for our community that they evidently used ringers at the New York City Pride Parade: fresh-faced 20-somethings who work for McCann, one of the largest ad agencies in the world. The largest — and richest — LGBT-rights…
President Obama will sign an executive order forbidding federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT people in the workplace.
It is most disappointing that yet another year has passed since the White House advised in 2012 that it was “studying” the issue of LGBT workplace discrimination, and that another year has gone by….
As proponents of non-discrimination protections for LGBT workers seek ways to institute them at the federal level, one Florida Republican is throwing cold water on one means of advancing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), an original co-sponsor of ENDA in the U.S. House, said through a spokesperson that she would not sign a discharge petition to force House leadership to move the bill to the floor.
“Rep. Ros-Lehtinen will not be signing a discharge petition as it is a partisan political tool,” said Keith Fernandez, a Ros-Lehtinen spokesperson.
The Washington Blade reached out to all seven Republican co-sponsors of ENDA in the U.S. House to ask whether they’d be willing to sign a discharge petition, but Ros-Lehtinen’s office was the only one that responded. In addition to Ros-Lehtinen, the Republican co-sponsors are Reps. Richard Hanna (N.Y.), Charlie Dent (Pa.), Jon Runyan (N.J.), Michael Grimm (N.Y.), Michael Coffman (Colo.) and Chris Gibson (N.Y.). Ros-Lehtinen’s refusal to sign a discharge petition for ENDA means that the potential procedural move is almost certainly doomed. A discharge petition requires 218 signatures to move a bill forward, which is the same as the number of votes required to pass a bill in the House.
The vice president says he sees no disadvantage to a presidential executive order banning anti-LGBT discrimination by federal contractors.