GOP Run HAS Committee Advances Bill To Gut Obama’s Executive Order On Anti-LGBT Discrimination

GOP Run HSA Committee Advances Bill To Gut Obama’s Executive Order On Anti-LGBT Discrimination

The Republican party is using a backdoor measure to try to dismantle President Obama’s Executive Order of last year that requires that Federal Contractors cannot discriminate against LGBT employees

The Washington Post reports:

The measure, introduced by freshman Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.) at 12:30 a.m. as the House Armed Services Committee prepared to pass the defense bill, would require the government to give religious organizations it signs contracts with exemptions in federal civil rights law and the Americans Disabilities Act.

Those laws do not ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. So the legislation would effectively override the executive order President Obama issued in 2014 prohibiting federal contractors from such discrimination.

The amendment provides an exemption for “any religious corporation, religious association, religious educational institution or religious society” contracting with the government. It quickly prompted heated exchanges between Russell and committee Democrats, who said it was purposefully unclear.

The measure, approved 33-29 on a mostly party-line vote at 2 a.m., could signal that the backlash in numerous states against LGBT anti-discrimination laws is now moving to Congress.

Russell (pictured above) also proposed a bill in the 2010 in the Oklahoma State Senate that was meant to exempt the state from having to abide by the then recently passed Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act on the basis of the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and owns Two Rivers Gun Factory.

 

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

You may also like...

What do you think?