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The White House Stonewalls The Community Again On The LGBT Fed Contractor ENDA Executive Order

ENDAEarlier this week in an interview on Huffington Post Vice President Joe Biden said he didn’t see any downside in the President issuing an executive order  on LGBT workplace discrimination for federal contractors but said that the White House still prefers the matter be handled legislatively, by passing ENDA.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked about that statement yesterday.

Here is the transcript, via the White House:

Q    The Vice President said yesterday that he doesn’t see any downside to the President taking executive action on LGBT workplace discrimination.  Does the President agree?

MR. CARNEY:  Well, I think the complete statement was that what we’re focused on — the big accomplishment, which would be passage by both houses of Congress and the signing into law by the President of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

I think it’s — points have been made, and I think in response to something I said earlier, that it’s clear that executive orders aren’t necessarily completely overlapping with what would be achieved by legislation.  I think there’s no doubt that the legislation would be a far greater accomplishment and more broadly applied.  And that is why we continue to push the House to follow the Senate’s lead and pass that, because those who oppose it, I hope — at least their children — will regret the reasons they put forward for opposing it, because they sound a lot like the reasons opponents argued against civil rights legislation in the past.  And they were wrong there.  They’re wrong now.

So I don’t have any updates on suggested or proposed executive orders.  What I can tell you is that we still call on Congress, the House, to follow the Senate’s lead and pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

Q    What is there a reluctance to do something on the executive order when it could complement this broader push that you guys really want?

MR. CARNEY:  Again, I just don’t engage in discussion about speculative executive orders.  When the President decides to take action using his administrative authority, some —

Q    But the Vice President speculated.  He said that he didn’t see any downside.

MR. CARNEY:  No, I think he answered a question about it, as I have repeatedly.   And I’m happy to.  I think this is an incredibly important issue, and I think it is remarkable how much progress has been made and remarkable that there is still resistance to the progress that remains to be made.  That’s certainly the President’s view.

I just don’t — I try not to engage in speculation about any executive action the President may or may not take.  What I can tell you is that there is legislation on Capitol Hill that we strongly support and would like to see passed by the House.  Thank you all very much.

At this point and time in history there is absolutely no reason for President Obama NOT to sign such an Executive Order protecting the federal contractor LGBT workforce from being discriminated against by their respective contractors until the day a fully inclusive and non-religious exempted ENDA is passed by the legislature.

And indeed there is Presidential precedent for such an executive order:

*President Roosevelt had responded to complaints about discrimination at home against African Americans by issuing Executive Order 8802 in June 1941, directing that blacks be accepted into job-training programs in defense plants, forbidding discrimination by defense contractors, and establishing a Fair Employment Practices Commission (FEPC)

*Executive Order 10925, signed by President John F. Kennedy on March 6, 1961, required government contractors to “take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed and that employees are treated during employment without regard to their race, creed, color, or national origin.

*Executive Order 11246, signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on September 24, 1965, established requirements for non-discriminatory practices in hiring and employment on the part of U.S. government contractors. It “prohibits federal contractors and federally assisted construction contractors and subcontractors, who do over $10,000 in Government business in one year from discriminating in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.”

Here we have our first black President refusing to sign an Executive Order to protect the civil right and employment rights of LGBT Americans.  This is not only is it a slap to the LGBT community it flies in the face of great late Presidents who actually fought for the civil rights of the american people.

While the current version of ENDA sitting in the House of Representatives is dangerous and contains so many religious exemptions that will harm us. (Thanks to Tico Almedia and Freedom to Work ) an EO protecting LGBT federal contractor employees is the right first step until a better and stronger version of ENDA can be written.

President Obama should be ashamed of himself.

 

 

For The14th Straight Year ExxonMobil Votes NO On LGBT Non-discrimination Resolution

ExxonMobil bigotsToday for the 14th straight year shareholders of ExxonMobil once again  voted down a resolution to add nondiscrimination protections for LGBT employees for its company and subsidiaries this morning at their annual meeting in downtown Dallas. TX.

Shareholders voted to reject a resolution, 81 percent to 19 percent with support for the resolution being the lowest ever.

Wrote Heather Cronk, co-director of GetEQUAL in a statement released shortly after the vote:

“ExxonMobil continues to dig in its heels to prove that it is one of the most ardent proponents of LGBT discrimination in the country. While ExxonMobil rakes in billions of dollars in federal contracts each year — paid for with taxpayer money — it’s stunning that the company is so actively and blatantly out of step with the three-quarters of the American public who support LGBT workplace protections.

ExxonMobil is one of the largest federal contractors in the country, having been awarded billions of dollars in federal contracts since 2000. Those federal contracts are paid for with taxpayer dollars, thereby supporting ExxonMobil’s discriminatory practices with public funds. There is currently no federal law making workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity illegal. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 (H.R. 1755 and S. 815) was recently introduced in Congress, and faces an uphill battle for passage.

In the meantime, President Barack Obama holds enormous power to stem this tide of discrimination by signing an Executive Order that would bar federal contractors like ExxonMobil from discriminating against LGBT applicants or employees. Executive Orders exactly like this have been issued previously and have never been rescinded by future presidents — especially important was E.O. 11246, which barred federal contractors from discriminating in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, and also requires federal contractors to “take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to their race, color, religion, sex or national origin.”

According to the Human Rights Campaign’s 2013 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), here’s how other Big Oil companies scored: On a scale of 0 to 100, Shell Oil had a score of 95, British Petroleum (BP) had a score of 90, and Conoco Phillips had a score of 55 (they protect sexual orientation but not gender identity), but on the same 0-to-100 scale,

ExxonMobil had a score of -25.

YES that’s correct. NEGATIVE 25 points.

CLICK HERE for a list of ExxonMobil subsidiaries which include HEFTY brand products.

Hefty, Hefty Hefty!.  –  BIGOT, BIGOT, BIGOT!

 

Obama Adninistration Wants ENDA To Go Through Congress, No Executive Order – DEMAND ENDA EO NOW!

Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade talked with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney yesterday about whether President Obama planned to revive a shelved executive order barring anti-LGBT discrimination among government contractors.

And our survey says…….

NO.

“Our position on that hasn’t changed,” Carney told Johnson during a press briefing. “We point to, as you and I have discussed, the process that led to the effective repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” as a model for the way to approach these issues. I don’t have any updates for you on our approach.”

The president supports an inclusive ENDA that would provide lasting and comprehensive protections for LGBT people across the country regardless of whether they happen to work for a government contractor, and we look forward to continuing to support that process and that legislation.”

Just re-elected with our hard-earned gay money and here we go with the ridiculous and unacceptable feet-dragging from the Obama administration on a big-ticket LGBT item.

We all know that there is no chance whatsoever that an inclusive ENDA could pass the House, and only a tiny chance that a sexual-orientation-only version could.  And to even compare the model that they used for DADT which wasn’t all that hot to start out it but eventually worked is insane.  They are two different beasts and DADT went through a Democratic House not a GOP controlled Boehner one.

Also one juts needs to look at the history of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to see the trouble getting legislation like this passed faces.  Lyndon Johnson had to push the Presidential bully pulpit to the limit get it passed and that is not something that Obama does well or at all.  Lets remember that President Obama didn’t fight for the repeal of DADT.  It was Democrats in a lame duck session that did so.

So here we are in the 2012.  ENDA has languished in Congress for over 20 years and in LGBT citizens are still treated as second class in America.  It’s beyond shameful.

Obama took our money and our votes and he is secure.  But not secure enough WITH US to do the right thing and issue an executive order on ENDA for government contractors or the general population even though there is Presidential precedent .

In 1962 President John F. Kennedy issued Executive Order 10925,  which included a provision that government contractors “take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and employees are treated during employment, without regard to their race, creed, color, or national origin” and President Lydon Johnson in 1965 issued Executive Order 11246, prohibiting employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, and national origin by those organizations receiving federal contracts and subcontracts.

Obviously Barack Obama is no John F. Kennedy or Lyndon B. Johnson.

Now that the election is over and Obama’s place is secure, we need to take off the kid gloves and take him to task over ENDA.  It’s well past time to stop kissing his and the Democratic party’s ass and push back.

The HRC has already sucked the spine out of Chad Griffith (It seems a 340k yearly salary makes one lose their integrity pretty easy over at HRC) so once again they are useless and we will have to do their work for them while they are throwing cocktail parties and galas and issuing inane reports.

After all the money and promises that Barack Obama took and gave to the LGBT Community its well past time that he ponies up more than crumbs and work around to existing anti-lgbt laws.  Its time for to deliver on his promises its up to us to make him do so.

We must demand that Obama stand up and be a real President and sign an executive order protecting LGBT citizens from discrimination and unequal treatment just as JFK and LBJ did it the past for black americans.

The fact alone that our first black president will not do that for the last unprotected minority in America is disgraceful, reprehensible and insulting to not just us but to humanity and all that is right.

ENDA EXECUTIVE ORDER NOW!

FRC Hate Group Hearts Obama For Not Signing LGBT Anti-Discrimination Workplace Executive Order

ENDA’s Bad Hare Day

At the White House Easter event on Monday, one couple was hoping to roll more into their baskets than eggs. Days before, homosexuals Jarrod Scarbrough and Les Sewell promised to use the annual tradition to pressure President Obama on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Like so many items on the President’s wish list, this one doesn’t have the congressional support it needs to pass. So, homosexuals are hoping for the next best thing: an Executive Order that reaches over the legislature and implements the policy anyway. It’s a favorite trick of this administration, abusing its power to force an agenda that fails democratically. The President owned up to the strategy earlier this year, warning that he “would not wait for Congress to act.”

On this issue, though, he thought better of it. Yesterday, after a meeting with homosexual activists, Obama officials broke the news that this favor would have to wait until after the election when the President has “more flexibility,” shall we say. According to the Wall Street Journal, “Several people attending the meeting said they left with the impression that the administration is wary of imposing additional requirements on businesses ahead of the election…”

That isn’t much comfort for faith-based groups or religious employers, who understand all too well what these restrictions would mean to their ministries or businesses. Unfortunately for them, the contraception mandate was a great teacher of what we all stand to lose if we don’t comply with the government’s idea of “tolerance.” The freedom of conscience, of speech, and of religion would disappear in a cloud of ENDA’s politically correct regulations. It would pave the way for reverse discrimination against any American who disapproves of homosexuality. – Tony Perkins and The Family Research Council

When the FRC supports a decision by President Obama its proof enough to me that he was wrong.