The White House announced today that President Obama has instructed his staff to prepare an executive order that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity by any business that contracts with the federal government. “We’re thrilled that the White House is finally taking action on LGBT workplace discrimination -action that is long overdue, but that will finally begin to address the enormous hurdles that LGBT individuals face in finding and keeping a job in this country,” said GetEQUAL Co-Director Heather Cronk.
Though Cronk is concerned that the order may include religious exemptions. “It is now vitally important for all of us to insist that this executive order, when eventually signed by the president, does not include religious exemptions that would permit taxpayer dollars to be spent on discrimination. We will continue to be vigilant about this important aspect of the executive order—LGBT Americans need these protections immediately, and without the gaping holes that exemptions would create.”