Friday, April 13, 2012

Sex Orientation Nondiscrimination Takes A Hit

President Obama’s choice to delay signing an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender workers, in favor of pushing legislation prohibiting such discrimination by all American businesses, has provoked Obama supporter Peter Lewis, a champion of LGBT citizens, to spend $100,000.00 on a “We Can’t Wait” campaign against the president. Announcing the publicity effort, Peter’s son Jonathan Lewis said April 12, “This isn’t a broken promise President Obama can blame on Congress. He has not been able to provide a single valid reason for why he is now refusing to sign the executive order protecting LGBT workers. It has become increasingly clear that this decision is based on cowardice rather than principled leadership.”

While the proposed executive order, supported by 72 House Democrats in a letter to Obama, would protect 16 million LGBT workers not already covered by existing business policies or state laws, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that the legislation sought by the administration would help more people than an executive order targeted only at businesses contracting with the federal government. Obama’s detractors now say his refusal to sign the proposed executive order is based on the desire to avoid giving Mitt Romney a political issue which could solidify Romney’s appeal to the evangelical base of the Republican Party in the upcoming general election.

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