Gay rights advocates are pushing for a Senate hearing and committee vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The act would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in America’s workforce. It is still legal to fire a person from their job simply because they are gay in 29 states across America; in 34 states it is legal to fire someone solely because they are transgender.
Sadly, despite President Obama’s campaign promises (and the fact that the Democrats constantly seem to have their hands out forever craving more of our gay dollars), even after Obama won the White House and when Democrats controlled both the House and Senate in the 111th Congress – no committee or floor vote on ENDA was ever taken.
The Washington Blade reports that “Last year, advocates said a floor vote in the Senate could be successful – but that was largely contingent on pressure from President Obama, who has been quiet on ENDA during the 112th Congress. Any movement on ENDA in the Republican-controlled House is unlikely.” With little to no likelihood of seeing ENDA passed on a federal level anytime soon, activists had hoped that President Obama would at least sign the “ENDA Executive Order” which has apparently been approved by both the Justice and Labor Departments and has been sitting on Obama’s desk waiting for him to sign it. Gay Advocacy groups have called on the president to issue the executive order. “It’s now time for President Obama to sign the order.” Tico Almeida, founder of Freedom to Work said. But President Obama apparently doesn’t feel much urgency in regards to instituting workplace protections against discriminatory treatment for millions of LGBT American citizens. It’s an election year after all. The only workplace protection Obama seems to give a shit about, is his own. (via The Washington Blade)