“The fact is, the state of the union for LGBT people remains largely one of inequality. In many parts of the country, we can still be fired from or denied employment for simply being who we are, and marriage inequality relegates our families to second-class status. If the president is truly serious about job creation and boosting America’s economic well-being, he must provide leadership to pass federal employment protections for LGBT people and end the costly and unjust federal marriage ban. He must also retain the safety net of services that so many people and families depend upon for their survival. Fairness is not a privilege of power and wealth, but a right of humanity. America rises to its best when its people are allowed to rise to theirs. We urge the president to lead the way.” (via National Gay & Lesbian Task Force)
Note: With several states now gearing up to push for full marriage equality, in addition to the fact that the first lady’s lesbian guest at the SOTU (touted as a sign of the administration’s success) actually highlighted the still urgent need for LGBT workplace protections, activists had hoped that the president would finally voice his support for marriage equality or announce that he would sign an executive order that would expand employment protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity under the EEOC umbrella, or at the very least, speak out about the need for the passage of ENDA – but of course none of that happened. Fierce advocate? More like fierce fraud.