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…….


“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.


About Will Kohler

Will Kohler is one of America's best known LGBT historians, He is also a a accredited journalist and the 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 on such notable media venues as BBC News, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The Daily Wall Street Journal, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story. Back2Stonewall has been recently added to the Library of Congress' LGBTQ+ Studies Web Archive. Mr. Kohler is available for comment, interviews and lectures on LGBT History. Contact: Will@Back2Stonewall.com

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