As preparations are underway for the 134th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll, one family is carrying a serious message of anti-discrimination to Washington, D.C. Traveling from New Mexico, Jarrod Scarbrough and Les Sewell—partners for 18 years—are taking their eight-year-old daughter to the White House, both to hunt for eggs and to ask President Obama to help protect their family from workplace discrimination.
Scarbrough and Sewell are advocating for President Obama to sign an Executive Order banning workplace discrimination by any federal contractor on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Recent reports indicate that this Executive Order has been approved by both the Department of Justice and the Department of Labor, and is simply awaiting the president’s signature. The push by Scarbrough and Sewell comes on the heels of a sign-on letter by 72 House Democrats, dated April 2, that calls on President Obama to sign the Executive Order.
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“I work for a federal contractor, and there’s a piece of paper sitting on President Obama’s desk that would give me a little more security for my family,” said Jarrod Scarbrough, an employee of United Healthcare. “As so many families gather on the White House lawn next week, I hope that the First Family takes a moment to reflect on how hard gay families like mine work to ensure that we have the stability and security that so many others take for granted. My message, and the message of my family, echoes President Obama’s campaign slogan: We can’t wait. It’s time for President Obama to sign this Executive Order.”